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February 28, 1959

Patients, Physicians and Illness: Sourcebook in Behavioral Science and Medicine

JAMA. 1959;169(9):1011-1012. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000260109032

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This volume is put forth as a source book, an effort to present in compact fashion the ideas of various representatives of the behavioral sciences on different aspects of the art and science of medicine. It attempts to bridge the gap between two disciplines which, though still widely separated, have taken some steps toward rapprochement. These steps have been made necessary by the changes in the concepts of disease and in the practice of medicine. Recognition of the place of the behavioral sciences in medicine has been slow to come about; but gradually behavioral scientists are being introduced into medical school faculties and hospital staffs, and attention is being given to courses in human behavior and to the impact of cultural and social factors beyond the scope of the biological sciences on human life.

The 55 short chapters in this book are written by 63 contributors. Many of the chapters

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