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The doctor-patient relationship is generally acknowledged to be of great importance. It has seldom received more than lip service, however, at all levels of medical education.
In 1955, Brian Bird's pocket-sized Talking With Patients broke new ground, providing physicians with sound principles and clear examples of talking with and listening to patients. The new second edition is a welcome successor. Expanded in size and scope, it retains a conversational style and liberal use of anecdotes. It is easy to read and holds abundant "pearls."
Two-thirds of the book is devoted to adult patients and one-third to children and adolescents. Each
Talking With Patients.. Ann Intern Med. ;79:931. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-6-931_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(6):931.
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