Patient Listening: A Doctor’s Guide

Patient Listening: A Doctor’s Guide

by Loreen Herwaldt

Review by Vincent J Felitti, MD, FACP

Fall 2008 - Volume 12 Number 4

That this is an unusual book is immediately suggested by the triple entendre of its title. That it is clinically useful and interesting requires dipping into the text, which is largely rendered in the cadence and typographic layout of poetry. This turns out to be a surprisingly helpful device, perhaps because it slows us down enough to improve our understanding—the way work songs once organized and improved effort by creating a sense of relationship. After all, poetry is a highly efficient way of transferring understanding from the unconscious of one person to that of another, using rhythm, rhyme, and allusion—usually bypassing conscious resistance when well done.


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