JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
PHILADELPHIA, April 9, 1900.
To the Editor: If we take from the medicine
of to-day that which is art, we will leave, surely, not more than one-half
to the scientists pure and simple—a class that would perhaps be more
aptly designated as materialists. When the old-time writers styled their works
on physic, "The Art and Science of Medicine," they gave unmistakable evidence
of their appreciation of this quality in medicine. With them healing was more
than a science to be learned from books. Indeed, it comprehended so much more
that was not to be found anywhere in books that great minds in medicine were
earnestly sought after as preceptors. The relations between master and pupil
were very like those that bound together master and pupil in all the other
realms of art. With the passing of the preceptor there has gone out from among
us a something that our present-day system seems not yet to have made good.
Have we gained or lost? Who shall say?
Medicine as an Art.. JAMA. 2000;283(17):2214. doi:10.1001/jama.283.17.2214