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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: How to talk to a patient?
Name of author(s): P.R. Mayerscough, M. Ford
Name of publisher: Gdańskie Wydawnictwo Psychologiczne
Language of the publication: Polish
Language of the review: English
The author wrote his book for medical personnel. In his opinion every doctor should firstly talk to his patient to choose the proper medical treatment. Myerscough practically gives advice how to talk to a patient who is shy, stressed, full of prejudices or aggressive. Next chapters contain advices related to conversation with people of different ages and with various diseases. The author mentions factors which make it easier and harder to communicate. He is concerned about the issues of sexuality, sterility, death. The book is written in simple language and contains many examples of conversations with patients.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
There are described factors which simplify conversation and also potential problems, which can appear during medical practice. Really worthy are the differences in communication with various types of people – with children, the elderly or the terminally ill. In the book there are also presented suggestions of how we can develop our own skills.
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