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Coping With Loss

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 16 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:200
  1. Mari Lloyd-Williams, senior registrar in palliative medicine.
  1. LOROS Hospice, Leicester

    Ed Colin Murray Parkes, Andrew Markus

    BMJ Books, £14.95, pp168

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    ISBN 072791068X

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    Doctors have largely replaced the village curate as the confidante of their patients' sorrows. Feelings of loss and the resulting distress—be it through bereavement or the break up of relationships —are therefore encountered more frequently by doctors. But how well equipped are we to deal with such patients, and how do we know when we have reached the ceiling of our competence? How do we cope with the continuous emotional pain of others and the pressures …

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