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.
If you need to “appear utterly competent always,” would
“never admit ignorance, hesitation, or error,” need to “direct
and control the conversation with patients always,” are “not known
for [your] warmth,” “demand deference from your patient-clients,”
or “must maintain a decidedly impersonal relationship with patients”
(pp 193-194), this book has been written for you. You particularly need to
read this book if you fit the diagnostic criteria for narcissism.
In Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism, John
Banja, a clinical ethicist at Emory University, focuses on the psyche of the
erring physician. Rather than addressing why errors occur and how they can
be prevented, his unique emphasis is on the psychological barriers to the
recognition and disclosure of medical error.
Hébert P. Medical Error. JAMA. 2005;294(1):115-116. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.115