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Communicating with Medical Patients

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Edited by Stewart Moira, Roter Debra. . 320 pages. Sage Publications; , Newbury Park, California: 1989.. $35.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(3):259. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-3-259_4
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Among the many weaknesses of contemporary medical education, the worst may be inadequacies in the teaching of history-taking, of skills in dialogue in clinical encounters, and of the effect communicating of medical information to patients. This problem is being attacked by many teachers in general internal medicine, notably members of the Society of General Medicine, and several good texts have already come from them. Stewart and Roter's text speaks more to teachers of medical communication than to students, residents, and physicians. But any clinician wishing to improve his or her skills in developing the self-awareness needed for effective communication, in


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