Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In emphasizing physicians' reactions
to the care of seriously ill patients, Dr Meier and colleagues1
may have overlooked their reactions to conditions that may not be life-threatening
but nonetheless significantly affect the quality of those patients' lives.
Spinal cord injuries are perhaps the most obvious of these conditions. It
is important for physicians to recognize that caring for patients with any
condition with the potential for even partially limiting activities important
to the individual may provide reminders of the physician's own vulnerability.
This can put the physician at risk for feelings that, unless recognized, could
impair patient care.
Auster S. Physicians' Feelings About Themselves and Their Patients. JAMA. 2002;287(9):1113-1114. doi:10.1001/jama.287.9.1109