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There are three reasons for my reluctance to criticize this manual. First of all, most current text books of clinical examination are so inadequate on patient-interviewing that it is a relief to have a self-instruction manual to recommend to the student. Second, I believe that the mind-body dichotomization is probably the most tragic conceptual error of contemporary medicine; it has led to further destructive dichotomies such as "functional" versus "organic," patient versus disease, psychiatrist versus physician, and so forth. The authors of the present manual have obviously tried hard to avoid one more dichotomy, interviewing versus the rest of medicine.
Medical Interviewing. A Programmed Manual.. Ann Intern Med. ;76:1051–1052. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-6-1051_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(6):1051-1052.
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