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Editor's Correspondence
August 9/23, 2004

Computerized Interpretation of the Electrocardiogram—Reply

Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(15):1698-1699. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.15.1698-b

In reply

The major thrust of my article "What Do Good Doctors Try to Do?"1 highlights some of the aspects of good doctoring that are being eroded. I argue, as do many other physicians, that we must never forget that medicine is a humanitarian act. Accordingly, we must deliver what science we know in a compassionate manner. The article especially emphasizes that good physicians try to know the patient as a person and how he or she reacts to an illness as well as knowing about the illness itself. The article also highlights what can be done even when external forces interfere with the delivery of excellent medical care.