Much is written today about the nature of physicianpatient interaction, patient response to the medical encounter, patient compliance and patient satisfaction. Although these are often viewed as new concerns of medicine, their importance was recognized long ago as demonstrated in this Old Testament story from the fifth chapter of the second book of Kings. Selected verses* follow together with brief comments: 1. THE MEDICAL PROBLEM Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master and held in esteem, because by him the Lord had given victory unto Aram; he was also. . .
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