Should Doctors Cry? (3)
No. Doctors may shed one tear as part of the empathetic understanding of the patient's situation. But frank crying represents true sympathy and sympathy is not a therapeutic behavior for a physician towards a patient.
Read this poem by George Elliot, the English novelist, titled "Empathy" detailing a relationship which could represent what a patient sees in an empathetic physician.
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible
Comfort of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weight thoughts,
Nor measure words--but pouring them
All right out--just as they are
Chaff and grain together,
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them,
Keep what is worth keeping,
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.