ALBERT OBERMAN, M.D., M.P.H.; GLENN H. HUGHES, PH.D.
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To the editor: Dr. Blankenhorn and associates suggest in the November Annals (81:700, 1974) a program for selecting paramedical individuals on the basis of specific personality attributes ("Type A- or B + ") in order to counterbalance Type "Super A" physicians who, in risk-factor counseling, might be impatient and set unrealistic goals for Type B patients. They believe a "negative set" for risk reduction will occur from the interaction between "Super A" physicians and "B" patients. The basis for this grand suggestion is the discovery that physicians studied by Dr. Jenkins at a "Three Days in Cardiology" course were "Super
OBERMAN A, HUGHES GH. "Super A's" and Counseling. Ann Intern Med. ;82:431–432. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-3-431_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(3):431-432.
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