Medicine: Forgotten Fundamentals

Modern medical science has produced scores of wonder drugs and made enormous technical advances. Has it meanwhile been losing the human touch? Yes, says Swiss Dr. René Burnand, who believes it is high time for a return to some forgotten fundamentals.

Writes Burnand, a lung specialist, in Paris' Concours Médical: "We live under the rule of pharmacy . . . The equation

'Disease a equals drug a' not only tyrannizes the minds of the public, it haunts the practitioner, whose professional capacity is rated according to the skill with which he applies the formula. There is something still worse; mass medicine, socialized, mechanized...