The Hidden Sentiment Of A Doctor

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The Hidden Sentiment of a Doctor
Have you ever seen a doctor cry? Although many patients have never seen this natural occurrence, doctors often do cry or mourn privately. Physicians are believed to be detached from their emotions, when in reality their emotions have a strong impact on how they practice medicine. In her book, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect The Practice of Medicine, Dr. Danielle Ofri argues that emotions affect doctors extensively while they practice medicine by sharing her and her colleagues’ personal stories. Dr. Ofri, a renowned, experienced Internalist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, published this book in 2013 as a response to Jerome Groopman’s How Doctors Think and as one of her many attempts to improve the patient-physician relationship. By giving more insight on how doctors are affected by emotions, Ofri argues that patients, healthcare administrators, and medical educators will be able to be more empathetic towards doctors and will thus better the healthcare system.
The structure of Ofri’s What Doctors Feel consists of seven chapters, all focusing on a different emotion or central question, followed by an afterword. Within each chapter are multiple stories that give a deeper understanding of what goes on in a physician’s mind as he or she is diagnosing, interacting, and reflecting on the patients. One of Ofri’s most influential patients was a young Guatemalan immigrant named Julia, who had chronic heart failure (CHF) and was seen by Dr.…
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