Opinion | Guest Essay | NYTimes.com
By Eric Reinhart | Dr. Reinhart is a political anthropologist and physician at Northwestern University.
February 5, 2023
Doctors have long diagnosed many of our sickest patients with “demoralization syndrome,” a condition commonly associated with terminal illness that’s characterized by a sense of helplessness and loss of purpose. American physicians are now increasingly suffering from a similar condition, except our demoralization is not a reaction to a medical condition, but rather to the diseased systems for which we work.