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May 20, 1933

Der dialektische Materialismus und die klinische Medizin.

JAMA. 1933;100(20):1635. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740200069046

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This diatribe touches on various subjects ranging from metaphysics and psychology to an attack on the ideals of medical ethics and practice. Lifschitz sees in sovietism a panacea for all the supposed ills that may occur in the science and practice of medicine. In his bolshevistic propaganda he ridicules the methods of clinical medicine and is of the opinion that the main efforts of medicine should be directed toward public hygiene, sanitation and prophylaxis in general. He extols the socialization of medicine. He is an ardent advocate of the Marx-Lenin system, which he would introduce as the predominant concept in medical thought and practice. The pamphlet is difficult to read, and the thought is hard to follow. In this polemic the attitude is that of an iconoclast, who offers nothing constructive, and who by invective, ridicule and destructive criticism would attempt to substitute a chimerical and unpractical system for one

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