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The central premise of this marvelous book is that effective communication between doctor and patient is the heart of the doctor-patient relationship and has much to do with therapy as well as diagnosis. If one agrees that a physician's cardinal skill is effective communication, one wonders why we spend so little time attending to such a skill, and one welcomes the second edition of Enelow and Swisher's book, probably the best available text dealing with doctor-patient communications.
Especially important are chapters three, four, and nine—the first two discussing high- and low-control styles in interviewing, the last dealing with the patient's
Interviewing and Patient Care.. Ann Intern Med. 1980;92:451. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-3-451_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(3):451.
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