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We thank Dr Elks for her comments concerning our editorial. We, in no way, meant to imply that the only way one can produce humanistic physicians is by turning them all into English majors. We only suggest that this might be one mechanism of introducing more "humanism" into the medical profession. We agree with Dr Elks concerning the importance of excellent clinical role models. One of these role models, Sir William Osier, believed that physicians should frequently immerse themselves in greater literature as one way to maintain and expand their human feelings. One hopes that our medical schools will employ numerous strategies to maintain human feelings for patients and medical students alike.
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