This attractive essay was awarded the Buckston Browne Prize of 1950, by the Harveian Society of London. A reproduction of the Buckston Browne Medal showing a splendid engraving of William Harvey (1578-1657) appears on the frontispiece, giving distinction to the volume.
The author's approach to the subject is largely of a philosophical nature. He obviously has given much thought to a major responsibility of the physician that is rarely discussed in the medical literature. The management of the morale of the patient suffering from a hopeless affliction as well as that of the family frequently becomes a distressing and difficult obligation for the physician. How well he meets his obligation he will be able to determine after reading this essay.
The actual physical care of the patient, comprising diet, drugs, and nursing, is dealt with briefly as are the various surgical procedures on the brain and central nervous system for