I only wish that I had received the wise and thoughtful counsel it overfows with at the beginning of my own medical career. [It] should be required reading not only for medical students, but for all physicians, no matter where they are in their careers.–Dennis Rosen, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, author of Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients.
Practicing medicine is not about just fixing bodies but also easing minds. Doctors who know what it physically wrong but don’t take account of what patients themselves think about it—how it got that way and what to do now—may fail to enlist patients in their own journey to health. The author, a medical educator for over 35 years, has taught his students that to act like doctors they must also learn to think like patients.
To read Dr. Rockoff’s Psychology Today blog, Act Like a Doctor, Think Like a Patient, click here.