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Tea and empathy

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7485.229-a (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:229
  1. Paul McIntyre (paul.mcintyre@tuht.scot.nhs.uk), consultant virologist
  1. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee

At a recent educational meeting a consultant in palliative care emphasised that empathy but not sympathy was important in patient care. I was vague about the difference, although I have noted that professionals and lay people alike increasingly prefer the word empathy.

I consulted the website Dictionary.com/, which provided definitions of empathy from five different dictionaries …

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