Why Bad Doctors Are Like Bad Writers: The Curse Of Knowledge

Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychologist and best-selling author, has a wonderful essay in the Wall Street Journal about why smart people are so often bad writers. Although the essay doesn’t touch on the subject of doctor-patient communication, every single word applies to doctors and the way they communicate (or fail to communicate) with their patients.

Here’s the core of Pinker’s argument. Read the rest of it. And if you’re a doctor and you don’t see how this is relevant to how you communicate with your patients then you need to think again.

Click here to read the full post on Forbes.

Click here to read the full essay by Steven Pinker in the Wall Street Journal.  

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