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July 22/29, 1998

Will Future Physicians Learn to Treat the Individual or the Population?

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(4):327. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-4-jbk0722

To the Editor.—I was delighted with Dr Greenberg's1 erudite and clever observations concerning the transition of medical care in the United States, but I became alarmed at his stumbling block, "One major ethical debate yet unresolved." He went on to explain that currently practicing physicians have not yet capitulated and become public health physicians, ie, community driven, not individual patient driven. Rather than "American Medicine Is on the Right Track," the article's title should have been "American Medicine Is on This Track." Accurate as his reporting is, it is not necessarily the right track, by any stretch.

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