On average, U.S. doctors work almost 60 hours a week. Younger residents often work up to 80 hours and often endure grueling 24-hour shifts. At first glance, this might seem like a disaster waiting to happen — delivering medical care is stressful, highly demanding work, and doing it on little sleep seems like it would result in people getting hurt. But there's a convincing reason why doctors prefer to keep working instead of handing their patients off to another doctor: It can save lives.
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Written by Austin Jesse Mitchell April 17, 2019
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