‘I feel your pain’: Knowing when doctors should show empathy

Do we have the time or emotional energy to empathise with every patient, asks Dr Jim Newcombe

My family has gone through a bit in the past few years.

I’ve written about some of the highlights (lowlights, perhaps) in these pages: A paediatrician reveals another dirty secret about childbirth, Why is the miscarriage club still so secret?, When sibling rivalry takes a serious turn.