HAYA R. RUBIN, M.D. Ph.D.
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To the editor: Arnold and colleagues (1) make a timely and important effort to clarify what defines a humanistic physician. The following four points may help to place their efforts in perspective.
1. They discuss humanism as if it is a property of the individual instead of a product of the individual and his or her environment. In fact, the same individual may be humanistic in certain conditions and not humanistic in other conditions (for example, a leisurely as opposed to a busy practice setting; an inpatient as opposed to an outpatient setting; a free society as opposed to one
RUBIN HR. Humanism and the Physician. Ann Intern Med. 1987;107:124. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-1-124_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(1):124.
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