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The author, a cardiologist, wishes to show the defects in contemporary medical practice that interfere with "the most humane practice of medicine . . . the proper mix of science and compassion . . ." The author advocates an equal relationship between doctor and patient, a clear distinction by physicians and the public between "curing" and "caring" with emphasis on the latter, more preventive medicine, and greater objectivity in the evaluation of clinical data.
The discussion, unfortunately, is couched in strident generalizations, replete with factual and logical errors. Preston misquotes the Bible: we are not told in Ecclesiastes to "honor
The Clay Pedestal. A Re-examination of the Doctor-Patient Relationship.. Ann Intern Med. 1982;96:402. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-3-402_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(3):402.
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