February 1954

Medicine: The Patient and His Disease.

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By A. E. Clark-Kennedy, M.D., F.R.C.P. Second edition. Price, $6.00. Pp. 410. E. S. Livingstone, 16 and 17 Teviot Place, Edinburgh 1, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;93(2):310. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00240260146017

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Many years of teaching and clinical experience have prompted the author to undertake a philosophical essay correlating the multiple facets of medical science and practice. In effect he has conducted a "guided tour" through the entire field of medicine, avoiding statistical data while interpreting disease processes with rare insight and simplicity.

His book, by intent, is not a text or a reference. Rather it is intended to provide perspective and mutual understanding among the specialties. Thruout his writings, the author has clearly maintained an attitude of human understanding and philosophical calm, while discussing with equal ease and familiarity the most complex and remote subjects or the commonest aspects of medical practice.

For the bewildered student, the harassed practitioner, or the confined specialist, this book should provide refreshing insight and renewed zest for the study of medicine.

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