January 30, 2013

Doctors Can Feel Their Patients' Pain

Bonnie Prescott, Harvard Gazette


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A patient’s relationship with his or her doctor has long been considered an important component of healing. Now, in a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were treating patients, researchers have provided the first scientific evidence indicating that doctors truly can feel their patients’ pain — and can also experience their relief following treatment.

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