I have come across the following sentence:
"Medical students today -after Hippocrates- promise to treat the sick, keep patients’ secrets and teach medicine to the next generation."
I have looked up over the internet (including this site) for the difference between (sick) and (patient), and come out with different answers.
Kindly, could you tell me which is the correct interpretation?
A "patient" is a person who is being treated for a medical problem. This meaning A person who is "sick" has a medical problem that is not merely a simple physical condition.
You can be a patient for things other than illness - a broken arm, for example, might make you a patient in the emergency room, but you're not "sick" per second.
A patient is someone who is under the care of a doctor. A person may be nearly recovered from an illness.
Patient tends to refer to the relationship between sick people and their caregivers.
Sick is someone who is suffering from a disease.