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Any physician who has watched a videotaped real-life interview between doctor and patient knows how unforgivingly the device records subtle failings that escape our self-perception. Dr. Waitzkin, an internist-sociologist, has recorded a large series of clinical encounters and has refined a scientific means of expeditiously spelling out on the page not only the overt verbal content but also the nonverbal content of the interview, as well as the interruptions and the mis-statements that occur. In the process, physicians emerge warts and all, sometimes covered with warts. Nevertheless, the thesis of the book is not doctor-bashing. Rather, Dr. Waitzkin asks "What
The Politics of Medical Encounters: How Patients and Doctors Deal With Social Problems. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:661. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-8-661_1
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