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December 11, 1987

Encounters Between Patients and Doctors: An Anthology

JAMA. 1987;258(22):3318. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400220118055

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In his 1934 address at the Harvard Medical School Colloquium, entitled "Physician and Patient as a Social System" (and reproduced in this excellent collection of essays and reports), L. J. Henderson stated: "In your relations with your patients you will inevitably do much harm, and this will be by no means confined to your strictly medical blunders. It will arise also from what you say and what you fail to say." While modern medicine has made enormous technological advances in the last 50 years, the physician-patient relationship remains a complex and crucial (if sometimes neglected) part of medical care.

Dr Stoeckle's anthology, Encounters Between Patients and Doctors, provides medical students and practicing physicians with a sound introduction to the depth and breadth of original studies written on the relations between physicians and patients. This book is ambitious, since it presents original essays on the structure, dynamics, nature, modes of communication,