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July 6, 2005

Acting and Clinical Empathy

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(1):39-40. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.39-a

To the Editor: Drs Yao and Larson,1 in their article in The Patient-Physician Relationship series, draw attention to the value that practicing the art of acting can have for physicians. As a pediatrician and actor, I have found my training in acting to be among the most powerful skills I bring to my practice. Although some physicians may disagree with the authors’ premise, these objections most likely flow from a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and practice of acting.

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