A PAPER THAT CHANGED MY PRACTICEBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7033.757 (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:757
- John Dunn
The manipulative patient
Most patients are not manipulative but those who are can produce strong feelings of anger and hostility in doctors who treat them. George Murphy and Samuel Guze's paper, “Setting limits: the management of the manipulative patient,” is the perfect antidote.1 If you can suspend your prejudices against the facts that the authors are psychotherapists and that they wrote the article at the dawn of the permissive era you will be rewarded with a completely jargon free, well written, and commonsense guide on how to recognise and manage manipulative patients.
The examples used …