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May 1956

A Contribution to the Philosophy of medicine: The Basic Models of the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md.; Chicago

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(5):585-592. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250230079008

INTRODUCTION  When a person leaves the culture in which he was born and raised and migrates to another, he usually experiences his new social setting as something strange—and in some ways threatening—and he is stimulated to master it by conscious efforts at understanding. To some extent every immigrant to the United States reacts in this manner to the American scene. Similarly, the American tourist in Europe or South America "scrutinizes" the social setting which is taken for granted by the natives. To scrutinize—and criticize—the pattern of other peoples' lives is obviously both common and easy. It also happens, however, that people exposed to cross cultural experiences turn their attention to the very customs which formed the social matrix of their lives in the past. Lastly, to study the "customs" which shape and govern one's day-to-day life is most difficult of all.1In many ways the psychoanalyst is like a

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