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August 14, 1948

Medicine. Volume One: The Patient and His Disease

JAMA. 1948;137(16):1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890500144032

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To the student accustomed to the dry routine presentation of the subject of medicine in the manner of the usual textbook, Dr. Clark-Kennedy's monograph will make both interesting and stimulating reading. This is definitely not a textbook in the ordinary sense but rather a manual of instruction on the art of the practice of medicine. The patient is presented as a whole individual as met in the hospital bed or office and discussed as an organism with body and mind, reacting to the sum of hereditary factors and environment. It teaches the approach to the patient and the method of thought that should be employed in the analysis of the patient's symptoms and signs. Volume I presents a concept of all branches of medicine in a philosophical as well as scientific manner, correlated in writing as the practitioner must do in his thought when faced with the patient and his

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