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September 2, 1961


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New York City

JAMA. 1961;177(9):641-642. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040350051012

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Medical students and house staff members are precisely informed about the diagnostic and therapeutic contents of the physician's bag so that they may meet the expected needs attendant to the house call. For 20 years the possibility of accelerating the development of mature clinicianship in the fourth-year student and the intern has been approached by examining with them certain principles, characteristic of the good doctor, which, as symbols, should also be in his bag. These imperatives are: (1) to respond with the phrase "I don't know" when the accurate information is not in hand, (2) to maintain the open mind for new evidence at all times, (3) to apply the Golden Rule in difficult decisions, (4) to give moral support to the patient at each visit, especially during periods of deterioration in his state of health, and (5) to bring out the latency and best qualities of the patient and

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