JGIM EDITORIAL AND COMMENT BLethal talk or healthful words? The prescription for empathetic utterance^ Jeremy D Graham, DO MA FACP Providence Internal Medicine Residency Faculty Group, Spokane Teaching Health Center, Spokane, WA, USA. J Gen Intern Med 33(6):777–8 interpret, and utter the right words. Reading literary fiction may DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4354-5 increase the capacity for Btheory of mind^ and better grasp of © Society of General Internal Medicine 2018 others’ inner experience. Our group found that including humanities in a medical school curriculum correlated with better measures of clinical empathy in trainees. n this issue of JGIM, Healing Arts/Materia Medica offers The best metric of empathy is not established, nor is it well- the poem BLethal Talk^ by Dr. J. Trig Brown. Though understood how experience with interpretation of poems and brief, the poem describes a complex scene: a consulting phy- paintings cultivate it. However, many useful drugs’ efficacy in sician delivers painful and abrupt bad news, then vanishes use predate full understanding of their mechanisms. While from the scene instead of remaining to comfort, guide, or much investigation remains, Dr. Brown’s poem echoes the console. Physician readers may identify with one or more of lesson the poet Rudyard Kipling
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Published: Feb 20, 2018
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