Medicine: Rx for M.D.s: Be Nice

Medical courses are too concentrated to leave a student much time for learning how to deal with patients as people. To fill this and other gaps in the physician's preparation for practice, Dr. Stanley R. (for Roosevelt) Truman* has put together in The Doctor (Williams & Wilkins; $3) a lot of sound, down-to-earth advice for young men entering the profession.

His first precept for dealing with patients: be nice to them.

The Better Way. "The majority of physicians still give only lip service to the emotional aspects of the problems of the patient," says Dr....

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