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Editorial
January 2002

The Art and the Calling

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(1):107-108. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.1.107

There is a strong feeling abroad among people that we doctors are given over nowadays to science; that we care much more for the disease and its scientific aspects than for the individual. I don't believe it, but at any rate, whether the tendency exists or not, I would urge upon you in your own practice, to care more particularly for the individual patient than for the special features of the disease. Dealing as we do with poor suffering humanity, we see the man unmasked, exposed to all the frailties and weaknesses, and you have to keep your heart soft and tender lest you have too great a contempt for your fellow creatures. The best way is to keep a looking-glass in your own heart, and the more carefully you scan your own frailties the more tender you are for those of your fellow creatures.1

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