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January 2, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(1):1-6. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670270005001

By the word clinician I mean the physician who comes in contact with the patient, in his bed κλ[unk]νη in the hospital, at his home, in the dispensary or in the private office. We ordinarily think of the clinician as opposed to the nonpracticing laboratory man, who may not be a graduate in medicine and who is not immediately concerned with the living patient—the anatomist. chemist, pathologist, physiologist or pharmacologist. My theme, therefore, is the doctor of the future who is the practitioner, who sees, examines, advises and treats patients, rather than the investigator or teacher along lines of so-called pure science. I have no special thesis to defend. I do not presume to settle definitely the many problems involved. My address, therefore, will lack the "punch" that comes from advocating ideas that seem final and unequivocally right. It will lose force because of inconclusiveness. But I cannot speak otherwise,

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