ALFRED P. FRENCH, M.D.
To the editor: Doctor Lipkin has made a significant contribution to medical education with his essay "Functional or Organic? A Pointless Question" which appeared in the November issue of the ANNALS.
We are deeply immersed in the implications of the Cartesian mind-body dualism which has made a rigorously mechanistic approach to physiological phenomena possible on the one hand but has saddled us with the image of man as a "ghost in a machine" on the other. We have become biological mechanics. If we cannot tinker with the machine, we scorn and resent the mischievious ghost. How many patients have learned
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FRENCH AP. Functional and Organic. Ann Intern Med. 1970;72:437. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-3-437_3
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