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July 22/29, 1998

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

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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

In Reply.—Dr Dixon raises an issue I believe will emerge as an important ethical debate as the transformation in health care delivery goes forward. However, the thrust of my concern is not that individual practitioners will be coerced into practicing some brand of public health for which they are unqualified and that is inappropriate for their patient-oriented practice. On the other hand, I do believe all physicians in the future will get much more "public health" in their education.

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