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September 16, 1961

You and Your Doctor—A Common Sense Guide to Medical Care

JAMA. 1961;177(11):816. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040370078030

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I was given the opportunity to review the galleys of this book shortly before the publication date. The suggested modifications were not accepted entirely by Potter, but such a deficiency does not detract from the mission of the volume. The author is a practicing surgeon interested in medical education and improved communication between physicians, physicians and patients, and physicians and the public. Relevant features include a description of the physician in a contemporary community, the definition of physicians, facts concerning specialties that they pursue, the relationship of the medical profession and the patient, and some of the pitfalls in the practice of medicine. The appendix includes an enumeration of the services of the American Medical Association, a listing of medical specialties and specialists, and a relatively short bibliography.

A large number of subjects that are of lesser or major concern to physician and patient are discussed between the preface and

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