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Caring for Jewish Patients

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:169
  1. Sabina Dosani, specialist registrar in child and adolescent psychiatry (
  1. Maudsley Hospital, London

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    Joseph Spitzer

    Radcliffe Medical Press, £24.95, pp 232

    ISBN 1 85775 991 5

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    A patient looks down and makes poor eye contact. Could he be embarrassed, worried, or depressed? Caring for Jewish Patients offers an alternative explanation: orthodox Jewish patients may avoid eye contact with a doctor of the opposite sex.

    Author Joseph Spitzer is an orthodox Jew. He is also a general practitioner in Stamford Hill, north London, home to Europe's largest …

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