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To the Editor:—
Experiences in the practice of village medicine in an Asian desert community lead me to assent warmly to William F. Renner's:Medicine, in the broadest sense, is a humanistic endeavor, concerned with human life and values, with a society's culture, with everything that touches on human feelings and behavior (193: 563, 1965).Our practice here is measurably dictated by the necessities of a rural society, engaged in working an irrigated farming terrain.Although we read the literature of academic and research medicine, the limitations intrinsic to the practice of desert medicine emphasize the humanistic factor. When we refer a patient to a large medical center, the contrast between the medicine of the different areas is much more brilliantly illuminated than would be possible in the United States. It is always astonishing to witness the achievements of academic medicine brought to the hidden corners of the world.Two
Murphy AW. The Obsolescene of The Practitioner-Teacher. JAMA. 1966;195(8):703. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080143062