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Interpersonal skills are being taught better, but more work is needed

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 19 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1203
  1. John Spencer, Senior lecturer in primary health carea,
  2. Rosie Stacy, Lecturer in medical sociologya
  1. a Department of Primary Health Care, School of Health Sciences, Medical School, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    Editor-Sally Magnusson reminds readers that the dysfunctional doctor-patient relationship is alive and well.1 She may, however, be laying blame for the problem in the wrong quarter by blaming her friend's consultant. As those who have anything to do with the admission or teaching of junior medical students are aware, most students are not supercilious, unimaginative, or cold eyed …

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