SEYMOUR M. GLICK, M.D.
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To the editor: Drs. Marks and Sachar's article, "Undertreatment of Medical Inpatients with Narcotic Analgesics" (Ann Intern Med 78:173-181), focuses attention on a serious and generally unappreciated phenomenon. But they, as well as Dr. Sapira in his thoughtful editorial in the same issue, have missed a major point by focusing on the physician's inadequate pharmacological knowledge rather than on his humanitarian orientation. More important is the generally inadequate sensitivity of the healing profession to human suffering and pain.
To support my contention, I pose two questions. If the problem was largely one of pharmacologic misinformation, and if the house officers
GLICK SM. The Patient. Ann Intern Med. ;79:133–134. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-1-133
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(1):133-134.
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