All patients must be heard and appreciated as individuals. Their goals may differ. Their priorities may differ. The manner in which they experience their illness and the words they use to describe their experiences all differ. The clinician must be prepared to listen carefully and to know his patients as individuals. They must share the same goals, the same understanding of the individual so that the patient may trust the doctor and accept his help.
Dr. Alan Rubin, MD is a psychiatry doctor who practices in Garden City, NY. He is 69 years old and has been practicing for 37 years.