Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In suggesting that deep acting
can compensate for the deficiency of antecedent essentials like compassion,
sensitivity, and insight, Drs Larson and Yao1 appear
to agree with the wag who said, “Once you can fake sincerity, you’ve
got it made.” Acting methods used in emotional labor, adopted from organizational
techniques of business, do little more than follow the marketplace model of
medical care that regards physicians as providers and patients as consumers.
Lipsitt DR. Acting and Clinical Empathy. JAMA. 2005;294(1):39-40. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.39-b