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DoctoringThe Nature of Primary Care Medicine$
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Eric J. Cassell

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113235.001.0001

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(p.177) Epilogue


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This chapter offers various anecdotes based on the author's experience from when he was still at medical school up to the time he had his own students. It looks at the various changes in medical practice and comments on the evolution of medicine and the behavior of both patients and medical practitioners. It cites an apparent paradox that the physicians care, but their medicine is uncaring. When students apply to medical school, they are embarrassed to say that they want to be a physician because they want to take care of people. It sounds corny and unsophisticated — and it is, but it is also often true. The need to know the patient to the degree necessary for the kind of primary care medicine described in this book requires that doctors nurture the bond with the patient as the conduit for the necessary information.

Keywords:   medicine, medical school, primary care, patient care, behavior

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