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August 7, 1954

After the Doctor Leaves: A Practical Guide to Approved Post-Medical Care and Treatment of Chronic Diseases for the Patient and His Family.

JAMA. 1954;155(15):1377. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690330081033

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Abstract

It has been estimated that about 26 million Americans have some form of chronic disease, orthopedic impairment, or serious defect involving sight or hearing and that each year an additional quarter of a million persons become disabled by chronic ailments. Fortunately, most chronic diseases have been stripped of their terror as the result of medical research and the type of popular education that is exemplified by this book. It cannot be denied that patients with chronic disease to whom their ailments have been intelligently explained often lead a better-regulated, more satisfactory life than those who have not received sound medical information. Once a chronically ill person obtains a clear understanding of his problem, resolves to cooperate with his physician, and is able to receive the proper medical care to prevent his disease from progressing, he is well on his way to a richer, fuller life. The aim of this book

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