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The truth and lies involved with doctors, lawyers, and politicians as stated in

Professional Liars by A. Ryan offer interesting insights to that of the audit-client


relationship. There are many similarities that can be paralleled, and although they
are not exact, it is interesting to compare them. More specifically, I want to discuss
the doctor-patient relationship alongside the audit-client relationship.
As stated in the text, patients enter the relationship in a curious frame of
mind in which guilt mingles with anger at the mechanical malfunctioning of their
body (Ryan, 626). Similarly, the client offers their symptoms through their
financial statements, and auditors act as their doctor, doing their best to make
sure everything is accurate as possible. Of course, these diagnoses are required
by law in an effort to hold public companies accountable and to prevent any
financial wrongs or heinous crimes. Patients do not necessarily need to see a doctor;
however, it is at their own risk that they choose not to do so. However, in both
situations, the client and patient are essentially in the hands of their doctor or
auditor. The doctor and auditor holds ultimate power and are able to direct the
situation as such.
When dealing with lies and the truth, there is a key difference. The patient
needs to be able to work out an appropriate schema for understanding and dealing
with the unpleasantness she or he faces, and it is hard to say anything very definite
about what this will be like in the abstract (Ryan, 627). Thus, the doctor must
maintain a delicate balance to achieve co-conspiracy. Auditors, presumably, need
only to deliver the hard cold facts. They need not consider the problem of their
client reassembling their attitudes towardthemselves (Ryan, 627). Auditors are
there to deliver the verdict and just that.