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The importance of Dr. Rakel's book lies in his stated premise that knowledge and application of behavioral and social concepts, in addition to clinical knowledge and skills, are also basic to the practice of medicine.
Medical practice is a social as well as a biological science. Sufficient attention must be focused on the humanistic as well as the scientific values if the fullest and best education of the physician is to be provided. Dr. Rakel lists and describes the content of family medicine. He identifies and stresses the factors in the doctor-patient relationship, which lead to the successful outcome in
Principles of Family Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1978;89:581. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-4-581_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(4):581.
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