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June 8, 1940

The Therapeutics of Internal Diseases

JAMA. 1940;114(23):2328. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810230058033

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The introduction to these volumes by Dr. George Blumer should be made required reading for every medical student. He makes it clear that the chief duty of the physician is to treat the patient, but he also makes clear that an accurate diagnosis should, wherever possible, precede treatment. He points out that the physician is treating not the disease or the diseased organ but the patient. "The plan of treatment should be as simple as possible," he says, "and it is well to put down in black and white directions as to the extent of rest or exercise, the character and amount of food and fluids, means of obtaining sleep, the regulation of the emunctories and, of course, the dosage and times of administration of medicines." Interesting also is his comment regarding proprietary remedies. He says:

If the practitioner of medicine is to develop therapeutic wisdom it is necessary that

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