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December 25, 1937

Disease and the Man

JAMA. 1937;109(26):2165. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520055032

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We are accustomed to hearing the older generation of physicians lament the passing of the "art" of medicine and deplore the increasing dependence on indirect methods of examination with consequent failure to cultivate the senses by painstaking direct examination. Too often, we have been told, anamnesis is supplanted by a laboratory report. In the book under review a similar thesis is challengingly presented by one of our younger physicians, who has completed comparatively recently his medical course and hospital training. Dr. Lapham so forcefully presents the paramount importance of the patient and of the personal relationship of the doctor that his title might well have been transposed: "The Man and the Disease." In an early chapter the spirit of the true physician is accurately portrayed. History taking and the physical examination are vividly described with illustrative cases to demonstrate their significance. Suggestions for the follow up and for controlling patients

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