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BOOKS FOR PHYSICIANS

BOOKS FOR PHYSICIANS 'I am a physician, and nothing that concerns man do I consider foreign to me." This slight modification of the well known quotation by Terence expresses a definite philosophy of medicine. The true physician concerns himself with not merely the technical aspects of medicine but with the entire human condition—the thoughts, aspirations, reflections, speculations of man, his philosophy, literature, and art. At one time only the psychiatrist accepted these cultural aspects as directly relevant to the personality of his patient. And indeed, for a psychiatrist seeking to understand the workings of the mind, all these branches of knowledge are intensely relevant. However, all physicians, to treat their patients, should have insight into the wide ranges of social, intellectual, esthetic, and economic environments. Only by having a background in these areas can a physician empathize with the patient. Only by being himself broadly cultured can the physician appreciate the different levels http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

BOOKS FOR PHYSICIANS

JAMA , Volume 200 (1) – Apr 3, 1967

BOOKS FOR PHYSICIANS

Abstract


'I am a physician, and nothing that concerns man do I consider foreign to me." This slight modification of the well known quotation by Terence expresses a definite philosophy of medicine. The true physician concerns himself with not merely the technical aspects of medicine but with the entire human condition—the thoughts, aspirations, reflections, speculations of man, his philosophy, literature, and art. At one time only the psychiatrist accepted these cultural...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1967 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1967.03120140126029
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Abstract

'I am a physician, and nothing that concerns man do I consider foreign to me." This slight modification of the well known quotation by Terence expresses a definite philosophy of medicine. The true physician concerns himself with not merely the technical aspects of medicine but with the entire human condition—the thoughts, aspirations, reflections, speculations of man, his philosophy, literature, and art. At one time only the psychiatrist accepted these cultural aspects as directly relevant to the personality of his patient. And indeed, for a psychiatrist seeking to understand the workings of the mind, all these branches of knowledge are intensely relevant. However, all physicians, to treat their patients, should have insight into the wide ranges of social, intellectual, esthetic, and economic environments. Only by having a background in these areas can a physician empathize with the patient. Only by being himself broadly cultured can the physician appreciate the different levels

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 3, 1967

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