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Article
August 11, 1993

Doctors and Their Feelings: A Pharmacology of Medical Caring

Author Affiliations

Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1993;270(6):765-766. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510060111044
Abstract

The doctor-patient relationship is one of the most critical components of medical care. Yet it remains one of the most elusive to define clearly and objectively. This book asks an important question: Can the insights and conceptual framework of psychiatry be integrated into family practice medicine to improve the doctor-patient relationship and thus provide better and more comprehensive overall care? In particular, this book addresses the potential use of psychoanalytic techniques and the application of a biopsychosocial model in terms of general systems theory to daily medical practice. At the end of this book the authors assert, "The psychotherapeutic treatments chosen will determine whether the doctors' feelings should be maximally excluded, isolated, or neutralized or whether on the contrary they are the main and most powerful therapeutic agents among the doctors' set of therapeutic 'instruments.'" Unfortunately, the authors have failed to adequately support such a grandiose assertion, and this book

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