Analogies and metaphors are frequently employed in medicine to explain difficult medical concepts and procedures to patients. Learning is enhanced when visual analogies are used to present new concepts, and the use of effective analogies decreases both learner (patient) and teacher (physician) anxiety.1,2 This is a desirable result of physician-patient discussions about anxiety-inducing interventions, such as surgery.
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