No greater opportunity, responsibility or obligation can fall to the lot of a human being than to become a physician. In the care of the suffering, he needs technical skill, scientific knowledge and human understanding.
The art of medicine is not confined to organic disease; it deals with the mind of the patient and with [his] behavior as a thinking, feeling human being. The essential skills depend not simply on instruction but on emotional maturity, manifested by sensitive self cultivation of the ability to see deeply and accurately the problems of another human being. The challenge is further magnified by
"Technical Skill, Scientific Knowledge, and Human Understanding": Three Textbooks on Examination of the Patient. Ann Intern Med. ;72:293–295. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-2-293
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(2):293-295.
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