bedside manner

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Nurse midwife Major Christine Gundel (right) checks on Monica McCoy, a patient at the Maternal Child Unit at the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, USA, before her Caesarean section


bedside + manner, from the fact that doctors and nurses usually stand or sit at their patients’ bedsides when talking to them.



bedside manner (countable and uncountable, plural bedside manners)

  1. The ability of a doctor, medic, nurse, or other healthcare professional, to interact with his or her patients. [from 19th c.]

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