Medical education is brutalising

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6978.527b (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:527
  1. Rex Haigh,
  2. Jim Appleford,
  3. Ann Bond
  1. Consultant psychotherapist Reading, Berkshire RG1 4EG
  2. Registrar in psychotherapy Clinical assistant in psychotherapy Uffculme Clinic, Birmingham B13 8QD

    EDITOR,—We believe that the dehumanisation of medicine that D J Weatherall describes lies behind much of the miscontent, demoralisation, and mental ill health of doctors, increasing numbers of whom are being referred for help.1 Last year we piloted a preventive intervention, which was not entirely successful. We invite discussion on why this might be so.

    We taught psychotherapy to fifth year medical students over eight weeks. We covered subjects such as death and dying, the doctor-patient relationship, difficult patients, …

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