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April 29, 1961

Patient Care and Science

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Third-Year Medical Student 615 W. 164 St. New York City 32

JAMA. 1961;176(4):390. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040170136030

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To the Editor:—  It is no momentary whim which dictates this letter, but, rather, stimulation of ideas long pondered. Recent exposure to the program of Home Care, as organized by Montefiore Hospital in New York City, has focused my attention on certain aspects of medical education and practice which are, I believe, of great importance. There are two things about this wonderful program which are surprising. The first is that, despite its obvious advantages in the promotion of the well-being of the patient, it is in such little vogue in medical care today. More surprising is the fact that the program is indeed, a surprise to me; one would think that a [ill]lan of such merit would have been brought to the attention of medical students earlier in their career.These two surprising features point up what must be considered important phenomena of medical care and philosophy. There is the

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