Letters The lives of others

Good doctors are close and aloof with patients

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2734 (Published 14 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2734
  1. Jean-Claude Grange, general practitioner1
  1. 1Cabinet de Médecine Générale, 78200 Mantes-La-Jolie, France
  1. jcgrange{at}club-internet.fr

Spence says: “Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. Remember that the patient is someone’s son, daughter, sister, brother, father, or mother.”1

I agree, if you assume that patients want empathy. But are you sure that empathy is their main desire? Some patients want facts. Some just want the drugs. Some want to …

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