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The Fifty-Year Club and the Art of Medicine

George M. Fister, MD
JAMA. 1974;227(12):1424-1425. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230250048036.
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More than 20,000 years of dedication to the art and the science of medicine are represented by the current membership of the Fifty-Year Club. The members have practiced the art of medicine, and with other physicians have studied, worked, appreciated, acquired, and utilized the science of medicine.

Unfortunately, some people are under the impression that the art of medicine is gone and has been replaced by the science, leaving only a cold computer-like basis for medical care. The art is not lost and never will be lost, because the Doctor of Medicine and his patients are people. There is, however, the challenge of science to the usefulness and importance of the art of medicine.

The art of medicine has many ramifications, and it works in many areas—family practice, surgery, medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, and research—as each uses scientific instruments and knowledge with skill. But regardless of the area to


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