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February 1970

Problem Definition and Problem Solving

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(2):359-360. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310020165027

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A Distinction of Approaches  It is an old adage in the world of journalism that nothing sells newspapers as well as a catastrophe. The subset corollary of that principle is simply that "bad" news is more exciting than "good" news. Thus, witness the front pages of the daily newspaper, cover stories for the weekly news magazines, the evening television's news summaries. All about us is the tenor of destruction and dissembling dissent. The flower people call for love; the straight people respond with "kooks," "creeps," and court orders. This process extends beyond the communications media. It has become a practice in legislatures, in the development of political careers, in the reports of blue-ribbon panels and white paper committees. Society's difficulties, discontents, and inequities are repeatedly emphasized and underscored. To this reviewer it appears that many of the people who are charged with the responsibility for directing and administering the health

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