The inhumanity of medicine

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6978.527a (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:527

Interpersonal and communication skills can be taught

  1. Jonathan D Silverman,
  2. Juliet Draper,
  3. Suzanne M Kurtz
  1. Organiser, communication skills courses for general practice training Health Centre, Cambridge CB1 6JS
  2. Course organiser Cambridge Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice Postgraduate Centre, Clinical School, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ
  3. Associate professor of communication Faculties of Education and Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

    EDITOR,—D J Weatherall asks, with regard to the teaching of interpersonal relationships in medical educations, “can such attitudes be taught?” and, “given our track record, who is to teach them?”1 He asserts that, “except by example, no medical school can teach a young person to be understanding and caring—this can only come from experience of life.” Earlier, however, he mentions “the delightful, caring, and extremely gifted young people” entering medical school.

    Perhaps the problem is …

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