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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: The therapy of words
Name of author(s): Paweł Walewski
Name of publisher: Polityka
Language of the publication: Polish
Language of the review: English
The current medicine needs doctors who can talk to patients. Even the most modern technology will not replace physical contact between people. More and more advanced technologies can lead to a situation when the interpersonal relationships between a doctor and a patient are not needed. We can ask a question if nowadays the role of a doctor-comforter is really needed. It turns out that it is, because even the most advanced machines cannot do everything for us. And even when they will be able to do everything, they will not be able to catch tiny but sometimes the most important nuance about a patient. Nothing can replace the conversation in which doctor using arguments is able to convince the patient to a operation or to give him hope in difficult situation which is the key to effective treatment.

Reviewer's comments on the document:
The article is focused on the issue of the lack of conversation between a doctor and a patient, which is a result of two things: the medical techniques development and increasing number of patients for one doctor. The article describes the effective influence of conversation and emphatic attitude toward patient, it also claims that some ideas of narrative medicine are noticed in Poland. Especially older doctors are promoters of more friendly attitude towards patients and long, honest and empathic conversation with them. Doctors with long-term practice suggest that bad quality of contacts between patients and doctors is generally a mistake made by young doctors, who are less experienced and do not realize the meaning of conversation.

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