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June 1, 1957

ORIENTING MEDICAL STUDENTS TOWARD "THE WHOLE PATIENT"

Author Affiliations

Baltimore

Director, Department of Psychiatry, and Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1957;164(5):538-541. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980050028008
Abstract

• In orienting the student to the patient, a major task is to mobilize the common-sense insights that the student has already developed and to help him in organizing them and in examining their relevance to professional operations in the field of health and disease. Visiting the patient in his home is not always better than seeing him in office or hospital settings, unless the student is prepared to overcome the social habits of polite evasion and tactful prevarication and to discuss essential matters with genuine respect, tact, and thoroughness. After such orientation, his course is determined by two general types of factors. One is the practice, counsel, and good example of admired young leaders; the other is the influence of a continued, liberal, humanizing education. The student who is encouraged to use all university resources, liberal as well as technical, is likely to gain a good conception of the physician's responsibility that is implied in the phrase "the whole patient."

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