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April 1959

A Bibliography of Internal Medicine, Communicable Diseases.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(4):672. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270040158016

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Continuity of medical thought, the history of the development of ideas, knowledge of the people who at various times in medical history have worked out complex problems—these elements of medical culture have fallen into such disrepair among the new generation of young physicians that the majority of them are as illiterate in this field as in the more esoteric aspects of the Sanskrit grammar. This puts them at risk of being mere technicians, the people who corral the chits from the laboratory, hoping to thumb through them and come out with a "diagnosis" so that they can apply "specific treatment" according to the cookbook. At the other extreme, we have medical scholars and teachers, those who have practiced medicine and adorned it with the impact of their presence, their personality, and their scholarship, as we see it in their teaching and writing. In this group, Arthur L. Bloomfield stands as

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