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November 17, 1951

Le médecin face au malade

JAMA. 1951;147(12):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670290089034

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The small book presents a rather extensive discussion of the ethics of doctor-patient relationship. The author describes types of doctors and types of patients. He then discusses what he considers to be the proper attitude of the physician toward the patient and stresses what would be called in the United States psychosomatic medicine. Above all, the little book is an exhortation reminding the young physician of his duty to the patient and to his community. The book offers little that has not been already said on occasions of graduation to medical students and on similar occasions. It is interesting, however, in that it emphasizes the role of a physician in private practice as opposed to the physician in socialized medicine.

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