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June 27, 1959

MEDICAL MUSEUMS CAN BE HELPFUL TO PHYSICIANS

JAMA. 1959;170(9):1073. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010090063015
Abstract

The busy physician is being reminded today more and more to remember that he is a teacher as well as a healer so far as his patients are concerned. It is no longer sufficient to advise a patient that he has a certain disease. Time must be spent with every patient to provide anatomic and pathological orientation. This has its rewards, as physicians discover from time to time that patients seek other advice "because the doctor didn't explain what was wrong." There are valuable educational sources available about which many physicians may be unaware. Reference is made to the fairly numerous health museums, the modern, refined versions of earlier "chambers of horror" by which lay visitors were frightened and often misinformed.

Vastly improved techniques of presentation, with extensive use of mechanized models, have contributed to better health understanding on the part of the public. Such exhibits serve to clarify the

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