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May 16, 1925

Fundamental Principles in Treatment.

JAMA. 1925;84(20):1517. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660460053035

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This volume opens with personal remarks on the education of the physician, presumably based on the author's own experience and having particular reference to conditions in England. The next few chapters deal with the physician's personality, and contain a number of standard aphorisms, all of which have exceptions that prove them true. The physician is told that he must have tact and good physique, and that he must inspire confidence and be consistent and speak authoritatively, which is no doubt true—but not always practicable and certainly somewhat beyond the limits of human nature. He is told to be very friendly with the physicians in his vicinity, and if they are not friendly to move away. He is also told that to have sympathy is not enough: that he must be genial also; but we doubt whether anything is more preposterous than a carefully practiced bedside manner. He is urged again

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