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The Care of the Patient, Revisited

The Care of the Patient, Revisited Abstract In 1927, Francis Weld Peabody cautioned against referring to a patient as "that case of mitral stenosis in the second bed on the left." "The trouble is," he noted, "that it leads, more or less directly, to the patient being treated as a case of mitral stenosis, and not as a sick man."1 Today, Dr Peabody's concerns are represented by protest against a biomedically proficient, highly specialized profession lacking a "whole patient" perspective and often blind to the patient's emotional needs.2 Not much has changed in the intervening half century since Dr Peabody wrote: "Young graduates have been taught a great deal about the mechanism of disease, but very little about the practice of medicine—or, to put it more bluntly, they are too 'scientific' and do not know how to take care of patients."1 In an effort to encourage attention to biosocial concerns and partly in response References 1. Peabody FW: The care of the patient. JAMA 1972;88:877-882.Crossref 2. Eisenberg L: The search for care. Daedalus 1977;106:235-246. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

The Care of the Patient, Revisited

Archives of Internal Medicine , Volume 142 (6) – Jun 1, 1982

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1982 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9926
eISSN
1538-3679
DOI
10.1001/archinte.1982.00340190043005
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Abstract

Abstract In 1927, Francis Weld Peabody cautioned against referring to a patient as "that case of mitral stenosis in the second bed on the left." "The trouble is," he noted, "that it leads, more or less directly, to the patient being treated as a case of mitral stenosis, and not as a sick man."1 Today, Dr Peabody's concerns are represented by protest against a biomedically proficient, highly specialized profession lacking a "whole patient" perspective and often blind to the patient's emotional needs.2 Not much has changed in the intervening half century since Dr Peabody wrote: "Young graduates have been taught a great deal about the mechanism of disease, but very little about the practice of medicine—or, to put it more bluntly, they are too 'scientific' and do not know how to take care of patients."1 In an effort to encourage attention to biosocial concerns and partly in response References 1. Peabody FW: The care of the patient. JAMA 1972;88:877-882.Crossref 2. Eisenberg L: The search for care. Daedalus 1977;106:235-246.

Journal

Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1982

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