Words about doctorsBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7366.722/a (Published 28 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:722
However pressed [the doctor] may be for time, each patient should be made to feel that his illness is of real concern to the doctor. The general practitioner needs a deeply imaginative sympathy which enables him to understand his patient's fears, anxieties, pain and discomfort … He must be able to put himself in the patient's place.”
The Training of a Doctor (BMA report, 1948)
“One of the fundamental reasons why so many doctors become cynical and disillusioned is …
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