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August 12, 1974

The Physician

JAMA. 1974;229(7):767. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230450017012

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To the Editor.—  "The Physician and the Quality of Life" (228:1117, 1974) is a thought-provoking commentary. Dr. Dimond's problem list ("mankind's agenda for these next 30 years") should be properly identified as at least a thousand years old.Then, Dr. Dimond asks, "What is a good physician?"In terms of ultimate service, a good physician is one committed to the individual growth of his patients. Essentially, the actions of a good physician enable both patient and doctor to ascend in awareness of life as a process of random organization, by the interaction of great numbers of organic and inorganic units. One's physical health, emotional stability, and self-awareness are identical goals in this personal ascent.That "counseling" by a physician (mentioned by Dr. Dimond) will be part of medical goodness goes without question. Even the US Supreme Court realized this in one of its recent abortion decisions, Doe vs Bolton (p 16,