Nov 20, 2013 03:51 PM

Anger and Angst in Hospitals Where Doctors Die


(Beijing) – There was a time when the words of the Hippocratic Oath meant a lot to Dr. Wen Mei. She'll never forget standing proudly with her classmates, each in a sparkling white coat, and reciting the oath in unison on their first day of medical school.

Wen's idealistic school days are long gone. Like many hospital doctors in China, she's had to change her perspective in the face of harsh workplace conditions, including dangers posed by angry patients, overcrowding that some experts say is behind a patient rage phenomenon in China, and puny salaries.

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