Professor Moyez has written a clear, practical guide to how clinicians can better connect with and help their patients. The short text begins with stories of patients, illustrating how quick assessments of disease can easily miss the deeper dynamics of illness. He proposes an alternative approach, The Theater Model ©, for clinicians to follow as they interact with patients. The model frames the consultation as a form of theater, with actors, stage, script, props and actions. The art of doctoring is the practiced skill in which a clinician sets the stage and actively engages the patient, and then provides advice and guidance that fits the patients understanding, ability, and values. Filled with examples, information and practical advice, Prof Moyez’s text is a welcome, concise guide to the method and skill of healing.
Lloyd Michener, MD
Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health
Duke School of Medicine
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