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Doctors make the worst patients.

It is difficult to give people help or advice on something in which they are professionals, because they often feel as though they already know better than anyone else how to handle the situation or perform a given task. Mary tried to convince her boss at the bank to see a credit advisor about his growing debt, but he kept insisting that he knew how to manage his money. Doctors make the worst patients.
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patient dumping

The premature discharge of patients, especially homeless patients or those with psychological disabilities, onto the streets by hospital workers or care providers, due to the high cost of providing care or shelter for them. A local hospital is being investigated for a continual practice of patient dumping, with many who suffer from chronic addiction and health issues being thrust straight back onto Skid Row.
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patient as Griselda

Extremely calm, composed, and dutiful. Griselda is a character in folklore who quietly endures many tests to prove her virtue to her husband. There are a lot of opinionated people in this office, so the next person we hire will need to be as patient as Griselda. My mother raised 10 kids—she is truly as patient as Griselda!
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patient of

Able to stay composed when faced with (something unpleasant). My mother is very patient of chaos—I guess she developed that skill while raising five kids. Meditation has helped me to become more patient of everyday annoyances.
See also: of, patient

patient zero

1. The first person to exhibit symptoms of an illness. The phrase originated during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. My daughter was patient zero, the only one with a cold last week—now, she's very generously given it to the rest of the family.
2. By extension, the first case of or person demonstrating a particular issue or problem. This guy is patient zero for the crashing issue in the app, so let me see what he said in his original email.
See also: patient, zero

(as) patient as Job

Extremely patient, calm, composed, and dutiful. Job is a character in the Bible who quietly endures many trials and tribulations to prove his faith in and devotion to God. There are a lot of opinionated people in this office, so the next person we hire will need to be as patient as Job. My mother raised 10 kids—she is truly as patient as Job!
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*patient as Job

very patient. (Alludes to the biblical figure Job.*Also: as ~.) If you want to teach young children, you must be as patient as Job. The director who is working with that temperamental actor must have the patience of Job.
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References in classic literature ?
while the porter herded along the old patients. They came in, strings of anaemic girls, with large fringes and pallid lips, who could not digest their bad, insufficient food; old ladies, fat and thin, aged prematurely by frequent confinements, with winter coughs; women with this, that, and the other, the matter with them.
There was humanity there in the rough, the materials the artist worked on; and Philip felt a curious thrill when it occurred to him that he was in the position of the artist and the patients were like clay in his hands.
Thus encouraged, he approached his patient, and made some indication of an intention to trace the route that had been taken by the lead.
Elnathan took a pair of glittering forceps, and was in the act of applying them to the wound, when a sudden motion of the patient caused the shot to fall out of itself, The long arm and broad hand of the operator were now of singular service; for the latter expanded itself, and caught the lead, while at the same time an extremely ambiguous motion was made by its brother, so as to leave it doubtful to the spectators how great was its agency in releasing the shot, Richard, however, put the matter at rest by exclaiming:
Their reason for choosing so unusual an hour for a consultation was obviously to insure that there should be no other patient in the waiting-room.
Such were the singular circumstances in connection with the Resident Patient and the Brook Street Doctor.
(He was a stout husky man with a large ring on his fourth finger.) "How will he cure his patients, then?"
It may seem odd that with such pleasant habits he should have been given to the heroic treatment, bleeding and blistering and starving his patients, with a dispassionate disregard to his personal example; but the incongruity favored the opinion of his ability among his patients, who commonly observed that Mr.
I understand the art of writing in shorthand; and I was able to take down the patient's "wanderings", exactly as they fell from his lips.--Do you see, Mr.
In plainer words, after putting the broken sentences together I found the superior faculty of thinking going on, more or less connectedly, in my patient's mind, while the inferior faculty of expression was in a state of almost complete incapacity and confusion."
Becoming more and more uncomfortable, as though the prevalent dislike were finding him out somewhere in his sleep and expressing itself to him, the patient at last opens his eyes wide, and is assisted by his daughter to sit up in bed.
The patient's discontented growl of a reply is not intelligible; his daughter, however, could interpret, if she would, that what he says is, he 'don't want no Poll-Parroting'.
"You must allow me to make it a little more than that," the patient answered.
"Van Helsing made a very careful examination of the patient. He is to report to me, and I shall advise you, for of course I was not present all the time.
Scarcely a judicious proceeding in a sick-room, with a patient whom it was highly desirable not to excite.
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