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June 8, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(6):625-626. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980060001001

It is with deep humility and gratitude that I accept this high professional office of President of the American Medical Association. Tonight, I want to talk to you, my friends and fellow physicians, about the personality of medicine.

What I have in mind involves you the physician and you the patient as individual human beings interested in the scientific advances and complexities of modern medicine. It is only natural for the person who is ill to expect sympathy and compassion along with all that modern science can offer. In medicine today, we physicians realize this and are giving renewed emphasis to the fact that it is our responsibility to minister not only to the human body and its ills, but also to human hearts, minds, and emotions.

Scientist and Humanitarian  The dedicated doctor knows that sympathy and understanding are just as important as scientific knowledge—in fact, he knew it in

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