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In these hectic days of impending national health insurance, filled with jargon ("private sector," "unmet needs," "health care crisis," "delivery of health care," "systems"), Dr. Tarlov gently admonishes us to remember our dedication to the healing of persons with its attendant duties and obligations. He speaks not to the social conscience of the profession but rather to the personal conscience of its individual members.
Most will agree that "it is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer" and that this precept is frequently ignored in our mad rush to "get the patient worked up," often with
The Principle of Parsimony in Medicine and Other Essays.. Ann Intern Med. ;73:146. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-1-146_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(1):146.
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