To the Editor.—
I was appalled by the article by Drs. Schneiderman and Muller entitled "The Diagnosis Game" (219:333, 1972). We have become excessively gadget-oriented in recent years; one of the greatest criticisms of our profession is our apparent loss of human contact with our patients. This little game with the computer, although of considerable value I am sure, can have only one major effect upon developing medical students: a dehumanizing of clinical medicine. In strict terms of medical education, a student who places laboratory tests above a careful history and physical examination (which adds much subtle emotional and observational information not easily programmed into a computer!) is not my idea of a doctor.