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Lip-service to the "holistic approach" in patient care is so commonplace in this era that to bring the concept up once again could merely be a rerattling of an old cliche. However, in The Care of Patients Dr. Mack Lipkin is not about the business of simply offering lip-service or recycling tired cliches. Instead, he compiles a convincing argument that psychologic and social factors are as much the grit of illness as its physiologic derangements. Without adequate consideration and assessment of these psychosocial factors, the practice of medicine is seen as skewed and, more important, nowhere near as helpful to
The Care of Patients. Concepts and Tactics.. Ann Intern Med. ;82:289. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-2-289_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(2):289.
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