Book Review: What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Danielle Ofri, MD
Reviewed by Johanna Shapiro, PhD

Emotions in medicine are both a neglected and problematic subject. As internist and author Danielle Ofri observes in her new book What Doctors Feel, the model of detached concern is still prevalent in clinical practice and in training. As she writes, “the often unspoken (and sometimes spoken) message in the real-life trenches of medical training is that doctors shouldn’t get too emotionally involved with their patients.”

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