chapter  12
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OF SYMBOLS AND SILENCE: USING NARRATIVE AND ITS INTERPRETATION TO FOSTER PHYSICIAN UNDERSTANDING

ByMarcia Day Childress

Ethical ways of being and doctoring depend on knowledge of human particularity that the physician is always acquiring through attentive observation and reflection. Knowledge so gained-about the patient, to be sure, but also about the doctor-is just as crucial to the physician’s clinical excellence as his or her fund of medical knowledge, and, together with this medical knowledge, it becomes the basis for the physician’s understanding, for action, and for care.