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 terribly unfair – delivering medical care is stressful, highly demanding work. But there is a convincing reason why doctors prefer to keep working instead of handing their patients off to another doctor, and it can save lives.
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Written by Ashley Hamer & Austin Jesse Mitchell December 9, 2016
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