by John L Coulehan and Marian R Block
This book will help the student learn the art of medical interviewing. The authors dedicate chapters to the art and science of successful clinical interviewing; conveying respect, genuineness, and empathy; determining the chief complaint; discovering other active problems and past medical history; developing the patient profile; transition to the physical examination; and completing the clinical narrative. Also, there are sections on pediatric, adolescent, and geriatric interviewing; culturally sensitive interviewing; telling bad news; malpractice; and educating the patient. There are extensive guidelines, clinical keys, and examples of real clinician-patient dialogues (both successful and otherwise). This is a valuable book for students of complementary alternative medicine who need to establish a knowledge base of clinical practice skills in mainstream biomedicine.