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Imperturbability is not incompatible with clinical empathy

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 16 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4533
  1. Pauline C Leonard, consultant medical oncologist1
  1. 1Whittington Health, London N19 5NF, UK
  1. p.leonard{at}

Sokol misrepresents what empathy means and creates the idea that imperturbability is incompatible with genuine clinical empathy.1

Empathy is a complex multidimensional concept that has moral, cognitive, emotive, and behavioural components. It involves the ability to understand the …

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