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Books, Journals, New Media
March 16, 2005

Doctor and Patient

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(11):1393-1397. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1396-a

The physician-patient relationship ranks among the most dignified of all encounters. From it comes change in human behavior, a cornerstone of medical practice. In the introduction to Bedside Manners Dr David Watts remarks that “something happens when we sit down fact-to-face in the spirit of mutual trust and talk about vital issues of health and mortality. Lives open up . . . this information opens out onto balconies of change.” Such change, Watts asserts, is “like suddenly stepping into a clearing.”

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