Some studies have shown that there is a serious communication gap between clinicians and pathologists.1 “Clinicians are from Mars and pathologists are from Venus” has been the impression of some authors.2 Others have aptly described the clinician–pathologist relationship as “peculiar yet the two are not dissociable”.3 We view the relationship as similar to that of two separated, doting parents sharing a noble goal of raising their children. While both sides have good intentions, misunderstandings and assumptions that can adversely affect their progeny may occur. To achieve excellent patient outcomes it is imperative that clinicians and pathologists understand each other and learn to work harmoniously.
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