Wake Forest Law Review | November 8, 2010Read the Publication
The great majority of individuals have related to the health-care system primarily as patients. For most of the history of medicine, the patient has been the embodiment of a diagnosis, the passive target of treatments, the recipient of injections and infusions, and the (hoped for) compliant consumer of medications and follower of orders. No more. Patients themselves have changed the social meaning of “patient” so dramatically that it only thinly resembles its meaning of even a generation ago.