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There seems to be a continued persistence to present ". . . concrete problems encountered in practice . . ." and to give ". . . a specific advice on how to handle them . . . ," with the notion that such a presentation will enable the physician to translate this knowledge into meaningful patient care. This is a serious pedagogic error. Emotional problems cannot be meaningfully "managed" by memorizing a script, no matter how well the script is prepared. The family physician and internist, to whom this "guide" is addressed, needs to acquire some basic skills of his
The Physician's Guide to Managing Emotional Problems.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;72:971–972. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-72-6-971_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(6):971-972.
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