May 1957

Talking with Patients.

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By Brian Bird. Price, $3. Pp. 154. J. B. Lippincott Company, 227 S. Sixth St., Philadelphia 5, 1955.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;93(5):588. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.02060040590022

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Dr. Bird has written this small monograph to emphasize the importance of how a physician talks with his patients during history taking and also in connection with the management of illness, the approach of death, and even in the matter of fees. Approximately half of the volume is devoted to how to talk with children. Although most physicians learn how to do this as a matter of experience, there are many "pearls of wisdom" here for experienced pediatricians. This is interesting and enjoyable reading that can be recommended highly.

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