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Medical students would rather don a white coat and talk with patients than read a book about how to do it. The medical interview represents their role as physician, diagnostician, counselor, and healer. The process is only partly intuitive, and worthwhile reading can augment actual practice. The challenge for a text on the subject is to make the material interesting and applicable in the absence of a real live patient. Coulehan and Block's primer comes as close to accomplishing that goal as any other book.
Many textbooks on the medical interview are directed at medical students, and several are equally
The Medical Interview: A Primer for Students of the Art. Ann Intern Med. ;117:271. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-3-271_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(3):271.
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