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December 4, 1987

The Care of Patients: Perspectives and Practices

Author Affiliations

The Center for the Study of Bioethics Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee

The Center for the Study of Bioethics Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee

JAMA. 1987;258(21):3176-3177. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400210120042

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Abstract

There are some books that only patients can write, and others that only physicians can write. Here is a book written by a physician that manages, through the voice of compassion and the sheer force of more than half a century of clinical experience, to span the gap and end up somewhere in the middle.

The intent of this book is to counterbalance the current tendency to see patients as collections of diseased organs, a tendency that has been opposed by "humanistic medicine" but that, the author argues, is still the prevailing modern medical perspective on illness. The technical language and scientific style make the book most appropriate for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians, but the focus on the patient also makes it useful for other health professionals and interested members of the lay public as well.

The book is divided into five chapters, each interlaced with quotations, examples,

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