Has anyone attended any of the teaching hospitals as a thyroid patient and if so did they just feel like a statistic waiting to go into a report that someone wants published? I definitely get that feeling. There seems to be no empathy and this disease is trivialized at every stage. Is it because they deal with larger numbers of patients compared to local hospitals? Do endocrinologists deal with hospitalised patients and the reason they are so matter of fact is because they have not developed a "bedside manner?" I am just trying to fathom why the hospital I visit seems such a cold and uncaring place.