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John C. Messinger

John Messinger, MD, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and internal medicine resident at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Who is a “difficult” patient?

Addiction treatment remains scarce, so why don’t more doctors treat it? Medical student John Messinger says stigma is a major barrier.
By John C. Messinger