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August 10, 1912

The Physiology of Fatih and Fear, or the Mind in Health and Disease.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(6):468. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080150038

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Among the writers of medical books are (1) the original worker and (2) the text-book writer. The research worker, while constantly toiling in his laboratory, occasionally writes in order to apprise the medical profession of the results of his labors. He is often a poor stylist and not easily understood by his own colleagues, unless the latter because of their interest in the subject make especial efforts to get at the author's meaning. To the second type belongs the clinician and teacher who appropriates the choicest thoughts of the most advanced thinkers and then renders an account of his newly acquired knowledge in either text-book or medical journal articles. It thus happens that the research worker is often unable to tell all he knows, while the lucid teacher and writer occasionally tells more than, he knows. Even of the last group there are but few who can popularize a medical

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