When it comes to doctor-patient communication, we have a lot of ground to make up


Surviving cancer gave medical student Ben Bravery a new appreciation of doctor-patient communication. Here, he reviews Dr Danielle Ofri's new book, What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear.

It is the oldest tool in any doctor’s bag, and it is as important today as it was 200 years ago. It is not a device, gadget or pill. The side-effects are minimal, and it’s amongst the cheapest remedies around.

It is, of course, the art of conversation – that part of the doctor-patient relationship as