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Field Guide to the Difficult Patient Interview

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:792
  1. Christopher Martyn
  1. BMJ

    Frederic W Platt, G H Gordon

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    Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, £17.95, pp 250

    ISBN 0 7817 2044 3

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    There has been much research into communication between doctors and patients, and, for the most part, doctors come out of it badly. We're not very good at transmitting information, and we're no better at picking up the signals that patients try to send. Observers of doctor-patient transactions make the telling point …

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