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Observations Ethics Man

How to be a cool headed clinician

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3980 (Published 08 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3980

Re: How to be a cool headed clinician

Dr Leonard is correct to highlight Daniel Sokol's apparent confusion between sympathy and empathy and I applaud any attempts to train doctors or allied professionals in empathy.

However I suspect that empathy comes more naturally to some hospital clinicians (and managers) than others.

You can take a horse to water, but ....

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21 June 2012
Richard Bartley
Physiotherapist
NHS
Colwyn Bay