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Patients are persons. They vary as a result of a genetic endowment, cultural setting, previous experience, the situation of the moment, and a number of other factors not yet clearly understood. This makes the practice of internal medicine, the practice of all specialties, and general practice such a challenging and satisfying experience. True, there are discouraging and sometimes irritating moments when patients are ill at ease because of minor and major decompensations of their personalities, but much of life has those. Many regain an adequate equilibrium spontaneously, some do so as a result of a doctor who is interested in them as persons, and some do so in spite of what the doctor does or does not do for them. The doctor of course must be able to endure feelings of his own without losing self-control. When faced with problems that should be referred to a psychiatrist he must do
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