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The Optimist: Meditations on Medicine

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2005 - Spring


by Howard M. Spiro, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine (Science & Medicine) This compilation of essays by Spiro, which have appeared regularly in the pages of Science & Medicine since 1994, ranges broadly in subject from patients to technology to the state of medicine. Spiro addresses some recurrent themes: the importance of listening to the patient, consolation of the patient and the role of the physician as mediator between technology and patient.

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