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Books, Journals, New Media
October 27, 1999

Health AdvisorAdult Health Advisor 7.OS

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;282(16):1591-1592. doi:10.1001/jama.282.16.1591-JBK1027-5-1

Dispensing written information to patients about illnesses, tests, and treatments is becoming increasingly more important in clinical practice. The word "doctor" derives from the Latin docere, "to teach." Pharmaceutical companies have traditionally provided physicians' offices with pamphlets and other educational materials. However, lack of comprehensive resources, disorganization, and space requirements have seriously hindered physicians in their efforts to teach patients.

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