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The introductory chapters make a lucid and moving plea for a proper evaluation of the patient and for providing enough time and enough listening. It is the author's thesis that "through interview the doctor permits the patient to tell himself what the trouble is, and with this revelation comes understanding of ways of solving the problem. As soon as the patient can say what he thinks, not what some other person has thought for him, he is on the way to a cure." The physician is advised to be inactive during interview, not to comment, not to make his personality
Functional Gastrointestinal Disease.. Ann Intern Med. ;68:499–500. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-2-499
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(2):499-500.
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