It is a truism that it is frequently the most obvious thing, the thing nearest at hand, that is overlooked and not seen. For generations the physician has been practicing his art, and only here and there has one arisen who has given any considerable thought to the plain fact that man is a thinking, feeling organism. And while in a practical way the good physician undoubtedly learns empirically to deal with his patients as thinking organisms, still in all the process of medical education there is little effort made to inculcate this fact into the mind of the student, much less to endeavor to teach him about the organization of the mind, its functions, and the way in which it reacts to disease as he is taught these things about every organ in the body.
The reason for this lack of appreciation of the mental in life is not
WHITE WA. THE STUDY OF MIND IN MEDICAL EDUCATION. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(19):1417–1421. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050093003
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