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Dr. Mendel calls upon medicine to become a graceful, gracious theatre of gentle manners and high-minded commitments. The script would be unruffled and controlled, played out by experts whose aim would be to have patients happier for having participated. This scenario could be authoritarian and paternalistic, so long as it was draped in genteel manners, and could disavow loyalty to truth between physician and patient except when the truth helped the patient's health.
A remarkable collection of observations, aphorisms, and grandfatherly advice is presented. Three prominent areas of concern in American medicine are missing—research with sick human subjects, social justice
Proper Doctoring.. Ann Intern Med. 1985;102:875. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-6-875_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(6):875.
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