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JAMA Revisited
August 18, 2015

Of Science, Humanism, and Medicine

JAMA. 2015;314(7):734. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11930

Originally Published August 16, 1965 | JAMA. 1965;193(7):610.

The school of Hippocrates established the course of modern medicine when it discarded the magic of previous centuries to base its teaching on observation of the patient at the bedside. The essential unit of medical practice was what later became known as the consultation, described by English clinician Sir James Calvert Spence as “… the occasion when, in the intimacy of the sick room, a person who is ill, or believes himself to be ill, seeks the advice of a doctor whom he trusts. This is a consultation and all else in the practice of medicine derives from it.”

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