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From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice
by Jodi Halpern
Physicians recognize the importance of patients' emotions in healing y et believe their own emotional responses represent lapses in objectivi ty. Patients complain that physicians are too detached. Halpern argues that by empathizing with patients, rather than detaching, physicians can best help them. Yet there is no consistent view of what, precisely, clinical empathy invo ...more
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published February 15th 2001)
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This is a great and important book. Halpern is a psychiatrist, so she does use some language and concepts from psychology that may alienate some readers, but if you ignore the references to Frood and his heirs, you will find a call to arms that is theoretically sophisticated and humanly compelling. Halpern argues that the model of the emotionally detached physician is not just alienating to patients but bad for diagnosis and treatment, the areas that proponents of emotional detachment were attem ...more