A Long Walk Home

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:446
  1. Mari Lloyd-Williams, director of community studies/consultant in palliative medicine (
  1. Royal Liverpool Hospital and Marie Curie Centre, University of Liverpool Medical School

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    Rachel Clark with Naomi Jefferies, John Hasler and David Pendleton

    Radcliffe Medical Press, £19.95, pp 142

    ISBN 1 85775 906 0

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    Interviewing prospective medical students is a privilege. Most hopeful applicants appear to be caring, empathic young people with a genuine concern for others. All medical schools now teach communication skills as an integrated part of the curriculum. So why do so many people feel hurt and let down by doctors' attitudes when they are faced with the most frightening and worst …

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