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December 1962

The Errant Ways of Human Society

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(6):935. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620240117042

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Realists who look at the world with a clear eye find the contortions of the human spirit, the follies, the passions, and the infinite capacity for self-engendered confusion to be simply fantastic. Others see in them a macabre humor observing and accepting man's self-destructive tendencies. Gentler critics who marvel at the multitude and multiplicity of man's foibles have never had a wider array of material for exercising their powers of observation than in the contemporary scene. Julius Bauer, who has written a number of wise articles and books, has been a critic, albeit it a gentle critic, of the medical scene for some time, emphasizing principles of integration, of philosophy, the person behind the illness, and the social milieu around the person. He cries out in pain against the shifting of the physician away from the sick individual as he becomes custodian and sorter of handfuls of chits which tell

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