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May 1961

Medizin auf Abwegen (Byways of Medicine)

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Hamburg, Germany

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(5):794. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620050160029

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A German psychiatrist, writing under the pseudonym of Thomas Regau, has at length brought out the long-awaited second edition of his book entitled Byways of Medicine. The author has been known for a long time for his elegant style and his wise critique of some of the most burning problems of medicine and of physicians during contemporary times. He uses as his motto the physicist Max Born's statement "a one-sided view may be needed in order to perceive more clearly (through a filter)." Perhaps this helps us to a clearer understanding of his method of dealing with the theme, as expressed in the subtitle, "The invasion of medicine by technology." The book actually gets into the roots of medicine. It has good advice about being alert to the dangers which threaten the relations of physicians and patients on both sides of this essential but delicate relationship.

The style is disarmingly

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