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July 1969

Ten Commandments of Clinical Medicine

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(1):2-3. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030004002

DR. Irving H. Page, a distinguished clinician as well as editor of Modern Medicine, presents "Ten Commandments of Clinical Medicine," slightly modified from Dr. S. Bernard Wortis, former dean of New York University Medical School. These are, again slightly modified by your editor with a few editorial comments directed toward otolaryngologists.

  1. There is no substitute for learning from direct contact with patients: a good history, a good physical examination, and the mature clinical acumen of the physician. A clinical discipline cannot be learned in the laboratory, by reading, or from lectures. (Applicable to all specialties as well as to general medicine.)

  2. The practice of good clinical medicine is an arduous, full-time task. You cannot properly take care of sick people on an eight-hour, four-day-a-week schedule. Do not keep your patients waiting; take time to explain matters to them. (Important and often neglected in a busy office practice.)

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