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Medicine as a Human Experience.

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By Reiser David E., Rosen David H.. . 192 pages. University Park Press; , Baltimore: , 1984.. $18.00 (paperback).

Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(4):567-568. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-102-4-567_1
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I looked forward to reading a book that promised to provide ". . . general precepts and principles . . . that are designed to elucidate and enhance the practice of humane, empathic, patient-centered care . . ." (emphasis in the original). My anticipation was rewarded by a sound statement of what is frequently meant by medical humanism, well illustrated by clinical examples, and directed towards medical students.

But the book shares a basic flaw with much that has been written and said about these ideas and shows why these concerns remain at the periphery of American medicine. The introduction


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