Philip R. Cohen, MD
Dr. Cohen is from the University of Houston Health Center, Texas; the Department of Dermatology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; and the Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Medical School, Houston.
Dr. Cohen reports no conflicts of interest in relation to this post.
In a succinct paper, Shaw (Int J Dermatol. 2012;51:113-114) outlined not only appropriate clinic etiquette and diagnostic tips but also a humanistic approach to interacting with patients. He commented that patients are often frightened and emotionally fragile about their diagnosis; in addition, they receive a lot of information during the visit with varying needs for supplemental explanation and may not understand the dermatologic vocabulary used by physicians. He also emphasized the physician’s responsibility in helping the patient by being serious and caring. [More]