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February 1974

The Pediatrician's Approach to His Patient

Author Affiliations

Fellow, Pediatric Nephrology University of California, San Diego

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(2):295. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110210145024

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To the Editor.—Dr. Korsch's comments in the August issue of the Journal (126:146-148, 1973) are well stated and need to be digested by all pediatricians whether they be practitioners or researchers. Dr. Korsch is challenging us with a very basic question, "How well do we listen?"

Listening is an art that needs to be taught. Unfortunately, most of us are not good listeners nor are we aware that effective listening is just as important as effective speaking. We tend to equate hearing a parent's words with listening to their concerned expressions for their child. Listening requires an emotional investment as one tries to place himself in another's position. It is a hard job, but not an impossible one; and the rewards of being a good listener will be the opportunity to give care to individuals who will be receptive and appreciative.

I do not think it is an unfair

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