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January 20, 1989

Doctors Have Feelings Too

Author Affiliations

Children's Clinic of Guthrie (Okla)

Children's Clinic of Guthrie (Okla)

JAMA. 1989;261(3):380. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420030053019

To the Editor.—  I found much to praise in the way the article "Doctors Have Feelings Too"1 brought to the forefront an issue of vital importance to patientphysician interactions. Toward the end of his article, Dr Zinn discusses the use of the physician's personal emotional reaction to patients for diagnostic purposes. As a pediatrician, I have found these things helpful in my own patient interactions. When dealing with the more negative emotions, however, I find that self-insight is sometimes difficult to grasp.I am reminded of my best friend, who is an ordained Presbyterian minister and who has told me of the individual psychotherapy that was required of him before his ordination and now as he proceeds toward his goal of a Doctorate in Counseling Sciences. It was obvious to that profession that a person's psychological state, their inner reasons for seeking the position, and the unresolved turmoil in