LOUIS BORGENICHT, M.D.
An oxymoron, defined in Webster's New World Dictionary (3) as "a figure of speech in which opposite or contradictory ideas or terms are combined," demands contemplation, a moment's pause to consider its true meaning. Obvious and overused literary examples are the phrases "sweet sorrow" and "thunderous silence"; a clear and underanalyzed medical example is the notion of "detached concern." Medical educators, practicing physicians, and students have discussed this concept for years in their efforts to understand the process of professional socialization of the physician. Many have argued that a good, well-adjusted physician needs both a conscious and unconscious sense of
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BORGENICHT L. Richard Selzer and the Problem of Detached Concern. Ann Intern Med. 1984;100:923–928. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-6-923
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(6):923-928.
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