THE DOCTOR'S JOB by Carl Singer
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Winner of the Norton Medical Award of $3,500 offered to encourage the writing of books on medicine for the layman. This is a broad-visioned and cogent discussion of various considerations, changes, in the practice of medicine, and particularly the transition in this era to the recognition of the importance of the conjunction of treating mind and body -- the psychiatric and the physical. Here is a discussion of the shift to specialization as increased knowledge made this necessary; of the free choice of a physician, and what should govern that choice; of the doctor-patient relationship, and the importance of factors beyond the physical; of psychiatry, and psychomatic medicine most obvious in ulcers, allergies, TB; of new cures and treatments; of preventive medicine and public inertia towards self-protective measures; of so-called socialized medicine, and the need for group planning and group practice which the majority can afford, and which will support the majority of practising physicians who have not been earning a proper living wage. A liberal, non-partisan presentation of problems of doctor-layman concern, and wholly interesting reading in its field.

Pub Date: March 26th, 1945
Publisher: Norton