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If anyone can fully appreciate the great warmth of interpersonal rapport—and the icy void created by impersonality—he is the private practitioner. To him, the oft-cited "physician-patient relationship" means much more than mere contact of medicine with the individual. It is a sacrament that interrelates the science of medicine with the art of medicine; it is harmonious dynamism in human relations.
For this reason, President Eisenhower's appeal last fall to the medical profession to help effect a "people-to-people" friendship program strikes a particularly welcome challenge to doctors everywhere. It identifies international relations with the long-time basic concepts of good medical practice. Said the President: "If our American ideology is eventually to win out in the great struggle being waged between the two opposing ways of life, it must have the active support of thousands of independent private groups and institutions and of millions of individual Americans acting through person-to-person communication in
WHAT "PEOPLE TO PEOPLE" MEANS. JAMA. 1957;163(12):1048. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970470046013
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