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April 1969

Instructions for Patients.

Author Affiliations

USA Washington, DC

 

By H. Winter Griffith, MD. Price, $27. Pp 665, with many line diagrams. W. B. Saunders Co., 218 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(4):471. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300140117027
Abstract

H. Winter Griffith has created a unique document. Instructions for Patients is just that—a giant-sized, loose-leaf book that contains detailed, fill-in-the-blanks instructions that can be duplicated and distributed to patients.

The scope of "instructions" is encyclopedic, ranging through internal medicine (from adrenal insufficiency to a page on laboratory values ["normal" and "your value"]) to all other medical and surgical subspecialties, to a "Miscellaneous Procedures" section (replete with a page with instructions for collecting a clean-catch urine specimen and another on how to take a sponge bath). A final section of anatomical illustrations done with bold, simple lines will facilitate explanations to patients. Syntax is simple and comprehensible; advice is practical, current, and complete.

Communication between physician and patient can be a powerful therapeutic device. Manipulated with skill, such dialogue can exert a profound beneficial effect; handled clumsily it can cause great harm. The alert physician will be mindful that patients

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