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The Clinical Encounter: A Guide to the Medical Interview and Case Presentation

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By Billings J. Andrew, Stoeckle. John D.. 305 pages. Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., Chicago: , 1989.. $22.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(6):487. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-6-487_1
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Two experienced, insightful primary care internists from the Massachusetts General Hospital have written a book that gives pleasure and sustenance in the reading and offers useful advice to history-takers of all degrees of experience. While reading the first third, on basic topics for the beginning student, an attending physician is reminded of critical details and even of forgotten and important precepts. The "advanced topics" that follow include lucid material on such diverse issues as eliciting hidden information; difficult interactions, for example, with the angry patient or the dying patient; negotiation of conflict; confidentiality; and the best consideration of oral case


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