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The medical "textbook seems to have become far too long, factual, and mentally indigestible to be read from cover to cover." This observation has moved these English authors to write a short book which should serve as a remedy.
The textbooks they describe are known to everyone; they are encyclopedias, assemblages of essays on diverse diseases tied to each other only by the kinship of organ or system. Each essay is an abstraction, and the patient as a person is notably obscured by the synthetic accounts of his disorders. Yet the student for whom these texts are written will have
Medicine as an Art and a Science.. Ann Intern Med. ;54:835–836. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-4-835
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(4):835-836.
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