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December 30, 1939

The Patient as a Person: A Study of the Social Aspects of Illness

JAMA. 1939;113(27):2448. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800520073028

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Abstract

This book should be carefully studied by general physicians and medical specialists of all fields. Written by an internist of great reputation, it adds new emphasis to the social aspect of illness. The author has studied in cooperation with social workers 174 patients suffering from a wide variety of diseases. He describes in succinct abstracts the illnesses and the environmental factors involved, so that the total picture of patient, disease and social factors are clearly visualized. The evidence is so well presented and the conclusions are so important for modern medicine that the volume could be made the text from which a special course might be taught in medical colleges. Concerning recent trends in governmental circles the following is quoted: "If the proper relationship of doctor and patient is retained through thick and thin, and the patient is given adequate consideration as a total individual, medical service will not suffer,

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