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April 28, 1945

The Doctor's Job

JAMA. 1945;127(17):1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860170073028

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Abstract

Many a writer has tried to explain the doctor-patient relationship to the public. Nowadays people are much more interested than they used to be. When medicine was mostly mysticism, people had to have confidence in their physicians and follow blindly the instructions given; today medicine is much more scientific. People are learning much more about its technics and even about its theories. Once mind and body were considered as two wholly separate factors in health. Today the intimate relationship between mind and body has become a special department of medicine called psychosomatic medicine.

In a smooth, rather conversational tone, Dr. Binger discusses the evolution of modern medical science, the growth of specialization, the doctor-patient relationship, the influence of psychoanalysis and psychosomatic medicine on modern practice, and our present knowledge of a number of common conditions. He turns then to the organization of medicine for service, with special attention to convalescent

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