Twentieth- and 21st-century science has been a brilliant success. The ideal doctor of the 20th century, the physician-scientist, is not a success. Contemporary medical care is disappointing to patients and doctors, over-technologized, and expensive. It is time to bring back the clinician whose life is the care of sick patients. The introduction explains in detail why the increasing focus on disease for more than a century, almost to the exclusion of the patient, has led medicine astray. The history of medicine, social changes in society, the rise and dominance of science in all walks of life, and the changes in medical institutions and medical education are all part of the same story. The introduction tells why clinicians are special and why are they are now crucial to revitalizing medical care. This need leads to the reasons for this book and what it has to say.
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