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Books, Journals, New Media
July 6, 2005

Medical Error

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;294(1):115-116. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.115

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.

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