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Unformatted text preview: needs. As Bosk points out, the reasoning behind this is fairly obvious as the need for doctors who must be careful and attentive outweighs the need for a person who is simply book-smart. Since Bosk wrote this in the 1970s, the work was fairly new and his methods were not completely unbiased (he followed only two surgical units who were also a part of a surgical school). A larger study involving a greater number of observations and a more robust definition of errors would result in a more valid study. Though this is not to say the study is unimportant and can be disregarded, as it does offer a view into the way the medical students were taught and disciplined with relation to errors. The chapter by Lief in The Psychological Basis of Medical Practice discussing the Training for Detached Concern in Medical Students explains in greater detail the transition...
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- Spring '08