Medicine: Physician, Blame Thyself

Most diseases are caused by microbes and viruses—but some can be blamed on tactless doctors. Denver's Dr. Frank Rodney Drake believes that a whole group of illnesses should be labeled iatrogenic,* or doctor-caused. These illnesses are the kind that most doctors blame on the patient's mind and call psychosomatic (TIME, Oct. 6).

Dr. Drake, now studying iatrogenic illness for the University of Colorado's School of Medicine and the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital, reported some preliminary findings in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences.

Clumsy doctors are one of the chief causes of chronic invalidism, according to Dr. Drake. Repeated examinations for organic disease...

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