By Francis W. Palfrey, M.D., Visiting Physician, Boston City Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard University. Cloth. Price, $4.50 net. Pp. 463. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1925.
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The title of this work is alluring. The term "art" in relation to medical practice has been rather loosely used and various meanings have been ascribed to it; to some it may mean technical skill, to others the manner or "approach" of the physician in practice, while to others it may simply mean the ability to maintain the confidence of the patient by any means whatsoever. In the introduction Palfrey explains that the "practice of medicine is an art in which the teachings of medical science are put to their practical application"; includes not only the therapeutic and diagnostic measures used, but also the manner in which all dealings with the patient are conducted. . . . Attempt is here made to include, in addition to therapeutic measures in the narrower sense, something more of the art of medical treatment, by hinting what can be said, either in encouragement, in
The Art of Medical Treatment.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1926;38(1):143-144. doi:10.1001/archinte.1926.00120250148015