ALFRED P. FRENCH, M.D.
To the editor: Doctor Lipkin has made a significant contribution to medical education with his essay "Functional or Organic? A Pointless Question" which appeared in the November issue of the ANNALS.
We are deeply immersed in the implications of the Cartesian mind-body dualism which has made a rigorously mechanistic approach to physiological phenomena possible on the one hand but has saddled us with the image of man as a "ghost in a machine" on the other. We have become biological mechanics. If we cannot tinker with the machine, we scorn and resent the mischievious ghost. How many patients have learned
FRENCH AP. Functional and Organic. Ann Intern Med. ;72:437. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-3-437_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(3):437.
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