Re "Reforms needed to curb `white coat silence,' improve patient care" (Health & Fitness, Feb. 27): Dr. Michael Wilkes' column on white coat silence was an excellent commentary on the way most patients feel when confronted by their physicians.
My husband and I often see doctors together, and have been encouraged to do so by our wonderful shared cardiologist. This helps us as senior citizens make sure all of our questions are asked and we take notes during the visit so that nothing is missed.
We have been warned on occasion that certain specialist we are seeing may lack a bedside manner. Wilkes' commentary is information that all doctors should take to heart. This is especially important when dealing with the elderly, certainly with children, but really, with all people seeking medical care and advice.
-- Sandra Barry, Lincoln