July 1981

'Patientology' Exists-Reply

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New Haven, Conn

Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(8):1101. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340080137034

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Dr Colón is correct in indieating the contribution of departments of family practice and family medicine in the education of medical students concerning the psychosocial needs of patients. Unfortunately, not all medical schools have departments of family medicine. Even in those schools with a department of family medicine, it often is considered to be a clinical specialty rather than a bridge between the basic sciences and clinical medicine. I believe research focusing on the patient as a behavioral entity is as important as teaching what is known already.

I believe the study of the patient, like pharmacology and pathology, could form a foundation of the practice of medicine, regardless of specialty. With this basic foundation, clinical departments of family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry could effectively reinforce the integration of the psychosocial and biological dimensions in patient care.

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