Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Charon1
states that, "By bridging the divides that separate physicians from patients,
themselves, colleagues, and society, narrative medicine offers fresh opportunities
for respectful, empathic, and nourishing medical care." However, this ignores
the major barrier between physicians and patients: the increasing dependence
on non–physician assistants for histories and even examinations.
Yanes-Hoffman N. Patients' Stories as Narrative. JAMA. 2002;287(4):447-448. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.447