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.
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
Abigail Zuger. Talking to Patients in the 21st Century. JAMA. 2013;309(22):2384–2385. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7159