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June 16, 1962

DOCTORING THE ILLS OF THE WORLD

JAMA. 1962;180(11):966. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050240062013

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Abstract

The most casual observer cannot fail to be impressed with the many evidences of the grave troubles which beset our world. The struggle between 2 conflicting ideologies and the rising tide of suddenly impatient demands for independent nationalism are the most common etiologic factors. These have brought about a confusion of symptoms and signs which manifest serious physical and emotional disorder throughout much of the world. Few would deny that the patient badly needs the ministrations of a wise and skilled doctor.

Two widely different therapeutic regimes have been initiated. These have arisen from opposing schools of thought regarding the biological and psychological role of the human organism in the world it inhabits. As yet, neither regime—or perhaps it would be more accurate to refer to simultaneous application of both regimes—has produced a cure or a significant amelioration of symptoms. Physicians of the free world have every cause to be

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