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October 1969

Communication—Is This the Art of Medicine?

Am J Dis Child. 1969;118(4):545-552. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100040547001

TO ACKNOWLEDGE appropriately such an honor as the Jacobi award is nigh unto an impossibility. The implication which it carries for an ideal in medical service to children is, in its ultimate, a goal not to be attained by an individual. Rather, it is a model to guide and motivate those of us who elect to devote ourselves to the health and welfare of children. To have been chosen by one's peers to receive the award is heart warming, and yet disturbing. One knows all too well one's own shortcomings and weaknesses. But appreciating these, at least in some measure, has helped to develop the theme of my remarks, a theme that it seems appropriate to face squarely and objectively as one of the major problems of medicine in our time.

What is the art of medicine? Can it be measured by what the patient (in pediatrics this is the

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