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June 2, 1934


JAMA. 1934;102(22):1848-1850. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.62750220005010

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No matter how vigorously the medical profession may deny utilitarian objectives in medicine, the physician, after all, to his patients in general is a healer, and his duty to the individual who is ill involves the use and application of all therapeutic measures conducive to the restoration of that patient to health. Many graduates are handicapped because of inadequate emphasis on therapeutic resourcefulness. Too often the clinical teacher gives the impression that, if a correct diagnosis is made, the treatment is easy. The patient desires to get well; hence, in the practice of medicine, therapy requires attention at least equal to that devoted to diagnosis.

There is, we believe, a growing consciousness on the part of the medical profession of the great value of the numerous procedures known as physical therapy. Realization of this has been aided by the establishment of the Council on Physical Therapy of the American Medical

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