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Good Looks In Medicine: Does It Matter?

Handsome-Mechanic-Now-On-Duty-Sign-AdvertisementI found this sign while driving past a mechanic’s shop the other day. Of course, now I get it. How do women pick their mechanic? This sign explains it all. Just look for the “Handsome Mechanic ‘Now On Duty'” sign. I wonder if it works for doctors, too.

Be honest. If your doctor had exceptionally good-looking physical features by most people’s standards, would you be more likely or less likely to keep him or her as your doctor? Would you be more likely or less likely to think of them as highly intelligent? Would you be more likely or less likely to sue them when something goes wrong?

We know that babies respond to good-looking parents differently even as newborns. So why would we expect adults to respond to handsome mechanics and doctors any differently?

*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist*

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  1. Houtan Chaboki says:

    I wouldn’t have patients then! Rapport between patient & doctor much more important. Same with office staff. I would much rather have caring & professional staff work with me, than the next top model.

    Houtan Chaboki, MD
    Maryland Face Lift Surgeon

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