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The Human Side of Medical Care.. By Lipp Martin R.. . 232 pages. Harper & Row; , Publishers, Hagerstown, Maryland: , 1977.. Prices, $11.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(3):478. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-90-3-478_1
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"The recurring theme of this book is that origins of problems between doctor and patient are as likely to reside in the doctor or in the treatment milieu as in the patient. . . . The foundation of good medical care is giving a damn; most of us already know how to practice far better medicine than we do" (p. 206).

Thus Dr. Lipp states his case—and a good case it is—that effective medical care involves an informed collaboration between doctor and patient. The book focuses on care of those patients who are seen daily by practicing physicians: the anxious


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