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JAMA Revisited
May 12, 2015

The Care of the Patient

JAMA. 2015;313(18):1868. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11744

Originally Published March 27, 1927 | JAMA. 1927;88(12):877- 882.

It is probably fortunate that systems of education are constantly under the fire of general criticism … Medical education, however, is less likely to suffer from such stagnation, for whenever the lay public stops criticizing the type of modern doctor, the medical profession itself may be counted on to stir up the stagnant pool and cleanse it of its sedimentary deposit. The most common criticism made at present by older practitioners is that young graduates have been taught a great deal about the mechanism of disease, but very little about the practice of medicine—or, to put it more bluntly, they are too “scientific” and do not know how to take care of patients.…