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A thorough consideration for medical students of the physician-patient relationship and the transactions within it. It starts with how the physician interviews and examines the patient, assesses the findings for decision-making, and manages care. The middle section examines the relationship itself, the family system, the wider world of the patient, and the structure of the health care system. The special spheres of medical ethics, malpractice, and economics make up most of the closing section. All of this is introduced with historical and philosophical perspectives. Cases for discussion; recommended additional readings.
Principles of Clinical Practice: An Introductory Textbook. Ann Intern Med. ;116:880. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-10-880_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(10):880.
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