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April 19, 1958


JAMA. 1958;166(16):1990. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990160048016

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In the forthcoming issue of A. M. A. Archives of Internal Medicine is a plea by Charles S. Davidson to recognize the importance of teaching the student to care for the patient. With practical realization of the mass of scientific material now confronting teachers and students, he urges that the patient be not forgotten. It was not too many years ago when doctors depended on their skills, their training, and even their bedside manners to aid and comfort their patients. There probably were many times when modern diagnostic techniques and therapeutics would have been lifesaving, but there also were many times when the unswerving faith of a patient in his doctor and the skillful use of the doctor's hands, eyes, ears, and even nose meant the difference between life and death. So it should be even today. There is room and need for use of all phases of modern medical

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