Commentary: The practice of empathy.

  title={Commentary: The practice of empathy.},
  author={Howard M. Spiro},
  journal={Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges},
  volume={84 9},
In response to the articles in this issue about measuring physician empathy by Hojat and colleagues, Di Lillo and colleagues, and Kataoka and colleagues, this commentary further explores the concept of empathy. It is posited that empathy is an emotion important to medical care, but it is emphasized that it really doesn't matter whether empathy is a thought or an emotion. Retaining or enhancing it in medical care givers is worth doing and may be achieved through (1) the selection of medical… CONTINUE READING

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