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Bob Salter's Public Service Announcement - 6/4/2017

WFAN—June 4, 2017

WFAN radio host Bob Salter interviewed Michael D. Lockshin, MD, rheumatologist at HSS, on his new book, The Prince at the Ruined Tower, which discusses chronic illness, uncertain diagnoses and the importance of physician-patient communication.

In the interview, Dr. Lockshin explained the importance of physician-patient communication when creating a treatment plan, and advised physicians to be open to patients' ideas. "Any idea that is not dangerous to me is welcome. It doesn't necessarily mean I won't advise a patient to take one director or another that he or she has asked for, but it doesn't mean I won't reject it out of hand either. It is something we can talk about, I can tell them what I know, I can look up something if I've never heard of it before, and we can negotiate that process. A big part of what my book is about is being open to new ideas, and being open to negotiating with a patient as opposed to dictating to them," said Dr. Lockshin.

This interview originally appeared at newyork.cbslocal.com


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