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January 28, 1911

OPTIMISTIC THERAPEUTICS

Author Affiliations

Professor of Physiology, Southern College of Pharmacy; Associate Professor of Physiology, Atlanta School of Medicine; Gastro-Enterologist to the Tabernacle Infirmary ATLANTA, GA.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(4):268-269. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560040036020

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Abstract

Some months ago the Hon. Joseph Choate, at a celebration commemorating the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, suggested that it might not be amiss to extol the Pilgrim Mothers also, who not only had to endure equally the hardships and privations undergone by the Pilgrim Fathers, but also had to endure the Pilgrim Fathers.

Along this line the thought has occurred to me that, while tomes have been written concerning the psychic attitude of our patients—how they should be lifted from the slough of disease and despond, and their feet planted on the solid ground of health and right thinking; how to combat the demon of introspection; how to stem the increasing tide of "Americanitis," and so on ad infinitum—but little has been said about the psychic attitude of the physician who has these problems to shoulder as well as the mental foibles of the sick. He has to

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