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The title "Doctor and Patient" is an arresting one. In our day of self-conscious physicians made slightly paranoid by carping laymen we do well to attend strictly to anyone who may give us a clearer insight into the perplexing relationship of physicians and patients. I have before me on my desk three books entitled "Doctor and Patient," the first by S. Weir Mitchell, published in 1887. In it are a series of essays chiefly directed at the layman attempting to explain some of Mitchell's philosophy about certain aspects of illness, notably the psychoneurotic illness which he found in so many women patients. Titles of his essays are "The Physician," "Convalescence," "Pain and Its Consequence," "The Moral Management of Sick or Invalid Children," "Nervousness and Its Influence on Character," and "Outdoor and Camp Life for Women." Weir Mitchell, though distinguished as a neurologist, is perhaps best remembered for introducing the famous
Bean WB. Doctor and Patient. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(2):264–265. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250200140020
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