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June 12, 2013

Talking to Patients in the 21st Century

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center; Department of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; and The New York Times, New York, New York.

JAMA. 2013;309(22):2384-2385. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7159

Styles of parenting and practicing medicine have followed remarkably similar trajectories over the last half-century, with authoritarian tones firmly banished from both arenas, and the old phrases of admonition and advice overhauled to communicate cheerful encouragement, mutual understanding, and respect. It is only a matter of time before “Good job!” and its equivalents are heard as often in the nation's examination rooms as on its playgrounds.1

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