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Understanding self, understanding others

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2252
  1. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, lecturer, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
  1. smshige{at}

    We sat there wanting to hear about other people, but the professor told us to look at ourselves first. That was not what we wanted to hear. We wanted to become competent in working with patients who were culturally or racially different and less fortunate than us, but we wanted it to be easier. We wanted to help them, but did …

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