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Book and Media Reviews
February 21, 2007

Doctors Talking with Patients/Patients Talking with Doctors: Improving Communication in Medical Visits

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(7):748-752. doi:10.1001/jama.297.7.750

As a long-time student and teacher of patient-doctor communication, I was excited to be asked to review the second edition of Doctors Talking with Patients/ Patients Talking with Doctors: Improving Communication in Medical Visits, by Debra L. Roter, DrPH, and Judith A. Hall, PhD. Much of what we know about what goes on in the patient-doctor encounter is due to the pioneering work of these two investigators. Although I was not familiar with the first edition of this book, I had high expectations for what I would learn from the second edition.

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