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.
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.”
Rhoades BC. Doctor and Patient. JAMA. 2005;293(11):1393-1397. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1396-a