Six Behavioral Scientists in Search of a Doctor: Family Medicine as Tragicomedy

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Abstract

The dilemma of role integration between family physicians and behavioral scientists has been considered from a variety of perspectives. This article chooses to explore aspects of this relationship metaphorically through reference to a dramatic play, Six Characters in Search of an Author, by the expressionist playwright, Luigi Pirandello. Using Schutz's FIRO-B model, which provides an analytical framework for understanding both social and professional relations, this approach illuminates issues of identity, belonging, territoriality, control, creativity, and team-building, which form the dynamic core of interactions between physician and behavioral scientist. This material was originally presented as an enacted dialogue at the Fourteenth Annual Forum of the Behavioral Sciences in Family Medicine, September, 1993.

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