Progress in Pediatrics
April 1930


Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(4):814-826. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930160132015

One is constantly being reminded that some of the values of the family physician are being lost in the coldness of present day science and specialization. Of more recent years, the intangible personal services that a physician can give his patient have been the subject of discussion which is increasing as the tangible things, that is, scientific achievements, gain greater prominence and monopolize the physician's attention. Most of what is written is inspirational; it points out the problem and appeals for a solution, but does not contribute seriously to that solution. How can medical practice be carried on so that the patient as well as his organs can be recognized as behaving, causing disorder and responding to treatment? Some critics would even give up Being so scientific in order to preserve some of the human contact with the patient. That solution, of course, is exactly what the cultist thrives on.

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