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May 25, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(4):487-488. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980040127031

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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS MEETING  The keynote of the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians in Boston in April was sounded by Dr. Walter L. Palmer, its president, who said that he did not believe that medicine was moving too fast but that many patients are expecting too much of it. Modern drugs have made a valuable contribution to the practice of medicine, but to call them miracle drugs is to create a false concept in the minds of the public. The most important things in medicine are still to discover the pathogenesis of the many diseases for which this is unknown or imperfectly known and to increase the accuracy of diagnosing the patient's condition. Greater attention should be paid to the information obtainable through the physical examination. G. E. Schreiner deplored the fact that many a physician today either does not have a microscope in his office

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