Since the advent of laboratory methods of diagnosis in the last decade, their use and application have tended to become more and more widespread. For every obscure syndrome causes have been sought which can be demonstrated in the test tube, shown on the roentgenogram or exposed by the scalpel. Many practitioners have lost sight of certain important factors often concerned in the production of pictures of disease—factors which were, perhaps, better understood by many of the more practical fathers in the profession than by modern physicians. It is too often forgotten in daily practice that patients as a whole, not diseases alone, are being treated and that these patients have widely differing personalities—that they have loves and hates, joys and sorrows and fears and anxieties, which may be influencing their bodily functions and which cannot be calibrated in the laboratory or attacked by exact chemotherapeutic measures.
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