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March 18, 1998

Modern Medicine and Chaos Theory

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(11):835-836. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-11-jac80001

To the Editor.—In the Piece of My Mind entitled "Chaos, and the Limits of Modern Medicine," Dr Goodwin1 attempts an evaluation of medicine in the context of modernism and postmodern disillusionment, briefly reviews the theory of chaos pointing at its relevance to medicine, and calls for a more humane approach to the patient as an individual. His point of view is well taken, but some of his arguments could be viewed from a different perspective.