It is the effect upon him [the patient] singly or collectively, which is the final test of the worth of any and every part as well as the whole of medical science. In the crowded times of new discoveries and of the development of more and more accurate means of diagnosis, we may perhaps find our excuse in having forgotten the object of it all—the patient himself. However that may be, the fact is, that from about the time of Lister to almost the present day, forgotten he has been. During this period, the study of disease, not of patients, has been the object of most of our best endeavor. But now the rediscovery of the patient as the most important item in the picture has changed all that, and the new generation of physicians can now, at the very beginning of their careers, go forth with the brand new
COHEN E, DEROW HA. TEACHING MEDICAL STUDENTS OBJECTIVES FOR CARE OF PATIENTS AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF ILLNESS. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1935;56(2):351–359. doi:10.1001/archinte.1935.03920020143009
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