If doctors decide a patient is a hypochondriac they probably don't tell the patient. They just code the patient's records to alert other doctors. The patient has to guess why they are treated with derision and are given short shrift for every invisible condition they see a doctor with. So, from the point of view of the patient, they have been tried, and sentenced in a court case they weren't involved in and didn't know was even happening, with a judgement made that they can't appeal, and the sentence is a whole-life sentence. Based on the behaviour of doctors towards me throughout my life I was classified as a hypochondriac and attention-seeker in my teens. I am now nearly 60. And I am still judged by the opinion of whichever doctor I saw over 40 years ago when I was a teenager. How is this ethical?