RUSSELL M. WILDER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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To the editor: The January issue of the "Annals" brings two clearly polarized messages that emphasize the longstanding split in internal medicine between humanism and technology.
An editorial by Dr. Petersdorf underscores the need for more emphasis (in postgraduate educational programs in medicine) on ambulatory, continuing, and comprehensive care for adults. He goes on to describe, as what we do not need more of, the application of the technology of "big medicine." He raises "serious questions about the inhumanity that the advanced life support systems have brought with them" (1).
A few pages later, Dr. Huth promises us relief of
WILDER RM. Reading in Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;84:748–749. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-6-748
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(6):748-749.
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