This purely technical approach can obscure the human side of medicine and erode empathy — the ability to understand and care about what makes a patient tick.
In fact, the empathy levels of medical students actually decline as they progress through school. Many become emotionally disengaged from the people they’re caring for — and that disconnect can impair care...
Without empathy, doctors run the risk of alienating their patients. The relationship can become one-sided, with the physician simply dictating treatments and the patient following orders.
By WOLFGANG GILLIAR