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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 10, 2010

MEDICINE AND SOCIOLOGY

JAMA. 2010;303(6):567. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1927

It is often said that physicians do not use adequately the opportunities for the discussion of the sociologic data that must necessarily pass under their eyes; and the objection has a certain amount of truth. Physicians are too busy as a rule to be able to study out the significance of sociologic details that come to them. Moreover, they are unfamiliar with the methods of sociology, and would find it too difficult to apply the principles of the sister science to the data they have. Dr. Lawrence F. Flick, director of the Phipps Institute for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, however, has made in his annual report1 a distinct contribution both to clinical medicine and to sociology. From this point of view there is probably no more satisfactory paper in recent medical literature.

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