What’s the difference between a nurse and a doctor? Fifty years ago this question would have been easy to answer. With few exceptions, nurses were women and doctors men; doctors had many more years of education than nurses; nurses had a more physically intimate relationship with patients, providing enemas, baths, and backrubs, while doctors moved from bed to bed, touching patients only as necessary. Nowadays, nurses are more likely than ever to earn degrees —and enemas and baths are delegated to assistants. And nobody gives backrubs anymore.
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