Empathy should be sought and supported as a desirable, career-long trait in doctors
Many observers have argued that medical practice is increasingly dehumanised, dominated by impersonal technologies and economic imperatives.1 A solution that is sometimes offered is to cultivate empathy in doctors.2 Many doctors may be sceptical, wondering whether empathy is too ill-defined to make a difference in the pressured arena of clinical work. Perhaps it can be safely left to essay-writing medical humanists or to the nursing staff . . .
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