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January 14, 1956

The Relief of Symptoms

JAMA. 1956;160(2):150. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960370060026

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Much of the energy of practicing clinicians is focused on the problem of curing disease; less attention is directed to the problem of relieving distress. This book, which is offered as a practical guide for the relief of symptoms, is the culmination of the author's philosophy that to ignore the reactions of patients to distress is to deprive them in great measure of what current medical therapy can accomplish. Twenty-four chapters of the book are devoted to as many symptoms, covering at least 95% of those complaints that bring patients to the doctor's office. Such common symptoms as pain, insomnia, constipation, loss of appetite, palpitation, cough, fever, vertigo, jaundice, convulsions, frequency of urination, anxiety, and unconsciousness are included. Five introductory chapters are devoted to the significance of symptoms, their analysis, their importance, the methods of providing relief, and the analysis of response to treatment. This book presents a highly readable

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