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Compassion's Way: A Doctor's Quest into the Soul of Medicine

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1292
  1. Sanjay A Pai (, consultant pathologist
  1. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, India

    What goes into the making of a good doctor? Most teachers and mentors stress intelligence and diligence. Yet they tend to ignore compassion, which is equally important. Ralph Crawshaw believes that our present medical education “leaves too many young people bereft of compassionate imagination and altruistic ideals.”

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    Ralph Crawshaw

    Medi-Ed Press, $38.50, pp 648 ISBN 0 936741 15 5

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    Crawshaw–a psychiatrist, humanist, thinker, movie critic, knight errant, and world traveller–addresses both doctors and patients. The theme of …

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