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The Emotional Side Of Medicine

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Doctor's aren't always objective--or perfect-- when prescribing treatments.

On Thursday's Up to Date, Dr. Danielle Ofri joins us to discuss her book, What Doctors Feel:How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, which explores doctor-patient relationships and the emotions of the healing process.

Dr. Danielle Ofri is a physician at Bellevue Hospital. She writes about medicine and the doctor-patient connection for the New York Times, and other publications. Dr. Ofri is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical setting. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and on CNN.com and National Public Radio. Her books include What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patient, Incidental Findings: Lessons from my Patients in the Art of Medicine, Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue.

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Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.