Doctors have feelings, too

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Danielle Ofri is one of those women who sets the bar awfully high for the rest of us. She's a doctor in New York with three kids, ages 7 to 12, and a husband who works. She manages to write books and edit the Bellevue Literary Review, which publishes creative writing about healing. She takes cello lessons.

But this article is not about how Ofri's productivity makes us feel. It's about how patients and the practice of medicine make her and other doctors feel. That is the subject of her fourth and latest book,What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.

Ofri thinks her ideas will appeal to a general audience, not just cancer patients and their doctors, because illness is a nearly universal experience.

"There is an enormous sense of vulnerability about our bodies and fear of the medical system," she said.

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