LEO I. STEMP, M.D.
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To the editor: I read with interest Suchman and Matthews's article (1) on the patient-doctor relationship. During my years in medical school, I had the privilege of working with a professor of plastic surgery, Robert Goldwyn, from whom I learned that more important in medicine than anything else—even, perhaps, than an objective cure or other result—is the patient's experience of his or her medical encounter. Possibly the single most important determinant is the quality of the patient's relationship with his or her physician; this is a major determinant of the patient's subjective perception of the results of treatment (2).
STEMP LI. The Patient-Doctor Relationship. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:635–636. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-635_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):635-636.
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