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The physician of to-day, perhaps more than any time in the past, is reminded of the value of the psychic element in therapeutics. That the profession takes some heed to these reminders is apparent by the appearance within two years of a second edition of Dr. Schofield's work. It covers the subject of the value to the physician of the impression that he makes consciously and unconsciously on the mind of his patient. The facts are, we might say, of universal recognition, but there are some of us in the profession who seem to need reminders of them from time to time. Perhaps some of us suffer under a disadvantage of a more correct appreciation of our limitations than others whose success is greater, with lesser qualifications. A little knowledge is said to be a dangerous thing but more is sometimes worse, as far as pecuniary success is concerned.
Unconscious Therapeutics, or the Personality of the Physician.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(11):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520110064021