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Minn Med. 2011 Jan;94(1):40-2.

To cry or not to cry: physicians and emotions at the bedside.

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  • 1Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation, University of Minnesota, USA.


Whether it is appropriate for physicians to display their emotions in front of a patient is a question that has no easy answer. Some physicians may consider it an expression of empathy, while others caution against doing so. This article describes the findings of a survey of blood and marrow transplant physicians who were asked whether it is OK to cry in front of patients.

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