In the past, the term patient used to mean a person who was suffering or enduring pain, related to the word patience (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary). Modern usage of the term patient denotes a person who is seeking or is being given medical care. Although an illness usually leads an individual to seek medical help, not all who are ill become patients nor are all patients necessarily ill.
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