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July 1981

'Patientology' Exists

Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(8):1101. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340080137033

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To the Editor.  —In the October Archives (1980;140:1286-1289), there was an article by Brody with an editorial comment (p 1277) by Leigh. The gist of the editorial was that because "many physicians are unaware of the behavioral and psychological aspects of their patients" because of an "absence of a systematic program in the medical curriculum that can translate the physician's interest in patients into the actual practice of medicine," a "newly designated field in medicine, which might be called 'patientology' " should be established.There is no doubt that Brody's study is germane to the status of current medical practice in some specialty areas. The editorial overlooked the fact that, in many medical schools, there are programs that focus on the medical and psychological aspects of patient care. Systematic programs are being developed in those institutions to increase the medical students' understanding of patient needs and behavior. Emphasis on the comprehensive

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