How doctors couch their diagnoses to patients

Communicating a clear, definitive diagnosis is part of a doctor's job, difficult though it may sometimes be. But what should a doctor communicate when they're not sure whether a patient is suffering from a serious disease? One doctor argues that physicians may be misjudging patients--and giving them too little credit--when they withhold their suspicions and concerns. In fact, being less than candid may make the situation worse, argues Dr. Pauline Chen. Article

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