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December 16, 1983

The Specialist's Thought Homunculus

JAMA. 1983;250(23):3153. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340230017007

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Subspecialists view problems in unique and different ways Depending on their training and the "truth" their field arrays: With practice one can recognize this hallmark mental loop— "See" a problem-view homunculus in each physician group.

The views are very different, and they must be kept in mind To size up where intensivist (K+) and neuro (B12) views are blind. These are but two examples, where the focus can permit Precise evaluations for a patient's benefit.

The multibyte arrangement of a single human brain, While awesome, cannot yet lock in an infinite domain. Team effort among colleagues spreads the data load in part, But the human patient still responds to wisdom from the heart.