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July 26, 1952


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Glendale, Calif.

JAMA. 1952;149(13):1194-1196. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930300020005

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The public is becoming impatient with the physician who is merely a good technician. Years ago, the patient had a beloved family physician to whom he could take all of his problems, medical and personal. Today, advances in medical and surgical methods assure the patient of improved physical treatment, but he often finds that he is no longer treated as an individual with a disease but as a "case" of a certain disease. Worse still, if the patient suffers from one of the many conditions that cause bothersome, disabling aches and pains that cannot be analyzed medically nor classified definitely into one category or another, the illness is too often considered to be psychosomatic.

Every patient who seeks medical help for the relief of painful symptoms is entitled to an unhurried and sympathetic hearing, whether his problems be primarily physiological, primarily psychological, or a combination of the two. Patients with

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