chapter  4
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The Health Caregiver-Patient Relationship: Pathology, Etiology, Treatment

The relationship between human communication and health care is a very fundamental one. Communication is the process through which symptoms are described and interpreted, and the means through which treatment is provided and compliance encouraged. It is the mechanism through which scientific advances are shared within the research and professional community, the vehicle through which medical personnel are trained and patients educated, and the link through which caregivers from different specialties interact with one another on a daily basis. Moreover, the process of communication is central to the way individuals and societies conceptualize and cope with illness.