Empathy, Emotion, and Ekstasis in the Patient–Physician Relationship

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The place of clinical empathy in humanizing the medical encounter is discussed. Clinical empathy is viewed as having both cognitive and affective elements. It is argued that genuine empathy involves recognizing what the suffering of the patient feels like. This reaching out to the patient is connected with the Christian theological concept of ekstasis… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s10943-006-9071-4

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