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Comment & Response
January 7, 2020

Enhancing Compassion in Medical Students

Author Affiliations
  • 1Private practice, Bethel, Connecticut
JAMA. 2020;323(1):91. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.18144

To the Editor I agree with Dr Ratzan that any grounding in the humanities in the premed years, before going on to the sciences, is a good way for physicians to learn how to deal with the emotional and social difficulties that many of their patients with physical or emotional problems experience.1 Applying empathy and compassion at times is more difficult for physicians than prescribing a medicine or performing a surgical procedure.