RadioMD: Body Language
RadioMD: Body Language

Do Doctors Cry? The Emotional Burden and Challenge of Medical Practice

August 2, 20139 min
Do doctors cry?  Oh, yes they do, especially when they lose a patient they couldn't save, or a patient who just would not change their destructive behavior.  Those feelings and more are documented in the book What Doctors Feel by physician Dr. Danielle Ofri, MD.Do doctors cry? Oh, yes they do, especially when they lose a patient they couldn't save, or a patient who just would not change their destructive behavior. Those feelings and more are documented in the book What Doctors Feel by physician Dr. Danielle Ofri, MD.Dr. Ofri counters the idea that physicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life's most challenging moments. But doctors' emotional responses to the life-and-death dramas of everyday practice, she contends, have a profound impact on medical care. And while much has been written about the minds and methods of the medical professionals who save our lives, precious little has been said about their emotions. In What Doctors Feel, Dr. Danielle Ofri has taken on the task of dissecting the hidden emotional responses of doctors, and how these directly influence patients.

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