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June 21, 1995

The Empathic Practitioner: Empathy, Gender, and Medicine

Author Affiliations

Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1995;273(23):1881. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520470091043

Empathy in medicine has become an important topic in the medical literature. In a recent commentary in Medical Humanities Review, David Barnard found 1158 titles listed under "empathy" in the last decade.1 Several diverse and scholarly books devoted to empathy in medicine have been recently published, for instance, Empathy and the Practice of Medicine (Yale University Press).2

The Empathic Practitioner  : Empathy, Gender, and Medicine is a unique contribution to the growing literature on empathy in medicine because, as the editors state in their introduction, the book "represents our attempt to broach the relationship between empathy and gender in the culture of modern medicine." Because of its unique perspective on the subject combined with numerous scholarly and well-written essays, this book is an unqualified success.The volume is divided into four major sections, and my favorite was the last, "Empathy and the Politics of Difference." For example, in this

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