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June 1973

Educating Your Patient

Author Affiliations

Iowa City

From the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City.

Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(6):837-839. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620210005001

Physicians are educators. To an important extent their effectiveness as physicians depends on their effectiveness as educators. This paper discusses appropriate types of clinical circumstances that warrant more automated information transfer and some of the types of automation that may be used. It urges physicians to spend their valuable patient contact time making sure patients know and can do what they need to know and do.