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The author, well known for his career in medical education and in medical investigation, has gone back to fundamentals in medical care through a study of the factors in the illness of 174 unselected patients admitted to the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Illness he defines as "a state in which some of the natural functions of the body are disturbed so that the patient cannot meet the usual requirements of life without pain or discomfort. . . ." In the production of illness it is evident that organic disease is only one factor and that emotional disturbances resulting from various strains
The Patient as a Person.. Ann Intern Med. ;14:174. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-1-174_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;14(1):174.
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