The Friendly Professional: Selected Writings of Thurstan BrewinBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7044.1489a (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1489
- Lesley Fallowfield
Ed Gareth Rees Eurocommunica, £9.99, pp 154 ISBN 1 898763 05 4
After listening to my exposition on the finer points of teaching doctors how best to communicate with their patients, the professor of oncology in my department politely told me that I had missed the point. He asserted that communication problems were not merely related to the possession of impoverished skills. A far deeper and more serious issue lay at their core; too many doctors did not actually like their patients enough as people. The following day The Friendly Professional arrived on my desk for review.
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