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Bedside manner

the attitude, approach, and deportment of a doctor with patients:
He has a reassuring bedside manner.
Contemporary Examples

“The sicker the patient, the less important is bedside manner,” he says.
Huckabee on Romney: If You Have Cancer, Who Cares if Your Surgeon Is a Jerk? Howard Kurtz August 27, 2012

Online diagnoses are delivered hyperbolically and without a shred of bedside manner.
Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return Kevin Zawacki August 14, 2014

Historical Examples

The bedside manner it is that they use in the Mater hospice.
Ulysses James Joyce

“Oh, not a great deal,” Fernand smiled, with the bedside manner of a family doctor.
What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes

He wears the frock coat and cultivates the “bedside manner” of the fashionable physician with scrupulous conventionality.
The Philanderer George Bernard Shaw

He affected the bedside manner of the kind, breezy old physician; and probably gave a good deal of comfort.
The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse

Impossible to think of Hansombody attracting the lightning, with his bedside manner!
The Mayor of Troy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Dr. Berry was a round little man with soulful eyes and a twenty-four-hour bedside manner.
Special Delivery Damon Francis Knight

In that age came into use among doctors “the bedside manner.”
George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians T. Martin Wood

His benevolent action and “bedside manner” were in accordance with the medical science of the time.
In the Wrong Paradise Andrew Lang

bedside manner bed·side manner (běd’sīd’)
The attitude and conduct of a physician in the presence of a patient.


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