The 99 axioms described in Bedside Manners: A Compendium of Physician Relationships are reminders that the practice of medicine is t just about the science and the art, but physicians' deportment as well. Morality is reasonably constant. Whereas, etiquette is behavior determined by social rms that are similar but clearly t the same. Physicians are bound to act on what is morally good. How they follow the precepts of proper etiquette may vary depending on their ability to cope and connect--- their bedside manner. The exploding science, a doubting public that often assesses blame on poor outcomes, the competitive business environment and increasing regulatory interventions, all test physicians' dedication. Still remaining are time-tested precepts that serve as guideposts for physician interaction, t only with their patients and their peers, but also with all those that they develop a relationship.