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Hospitality to Strangers: Empathy and the Physician-Patient Relationship

Owens, Dorothy M.


In an era of transition and tension in American health care, Dorothy M. Owens offers a model of empathic communication that benefits both patients and physicians. Drawing from concepts in the domains of psychology and theology, she constructs a model of empathy that is ethical and reciprocal. An integrated model of empathy recognizes the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social nature of human beings. Empathy is a clinically useful, time-effective communication skill that can be taught in medical and pastoral education. Dr. Owens's unique approach to empathy is applicable to other professional and personal relationships as well.

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  • Paperback
  • 176 Pages
  • Published: December 1999
  • ISBN: 078850603X
  • Series: Academy

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