Clin Pediatr (Phila) volume 4, issue 4, P227-232 1965 DOI: 10.1177/000992286500400411 View full text
Gerald Solomons

Abstract: GEORGE BERNARD SHA~V once said that people don't want a doctor; they want an audience. Dale Carnegie in his book: How to Win Friends and Influence People concludes a whole chapter on how to be a good conversationalist with the terse admonition to be a good listener. The art of being a good listener appears to be lost in medicine, and it is my belief that the public's nostalgia for the old family doctor is not due to his prai~ess as a healer, nor even to his supposed immediate response to emergencies, but rath…

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