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May 5, 1956

Ministry and Medicine in Human Relations

JAMA. 1956;161(1):114. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010116038

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The New York Academy of Medicine sponsored this excellent symposium whose contributors are without exception competent professional people of standing who write with clarity, even brilliance. Too often, symposiums are of very uneven quality, but this slim volume achieves a uniformly high quality. Rice, Lindemann, Rado, Montague, Hollingshead, Alexander, Zilboorg, Clark, Tillich, and Galdston all enhance their reputations by their articles in this book. Throughout the book the emphasis is placed on the sick person as a whole man for whose effective restoration to health the disciplines and resources of medicine and religion are needed. It was surprising and gratifying to find in such brief compass so many worth-while things said and so many penetrating insights shared.

Any number of passages merit quotation. Leo Alexander's experience with Dr. Karl Brandt, Hitler's plenipotentiary in charge of the extermination of persons deemed "undesirable" by the Nazi state, has given him an added

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