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September 5, 1959


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The Boston City Hospital 818 Harrison Ave. Boston 18.

JAMA. 1959;171(1):92. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010190094024

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Steinchrohn (J. A. M. A.170:1458 [July 18] 1959) is correct when he chides us for discussing patients with other physicians at the bedside, often as if the patient were not there, and sometimes surely not to the patient's benefit. He may be interested in a study carried on by two physicians on our psychiatry service which concerned itself with the patient's reaction to bedside teaching (Preuss and Solomon: New England J. Med.259:520 [Sept. 11] 1958). These observers found an interesting variety of emotional reactions to ward rounds and specifically to discussions at the bedside. The point was made, however, that not all bedside teaching was upsetting to the patient nor need any of it be. In fact, "it was found that these exercises were often of great reassuring value to patients, but that on some occasions ill advised and unnecessary remarks were

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