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September 21, 1935

The Doctor's Bill

JAMA. 1935;105(12):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760380068030

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Abstract

The first three chapters survey general medical developments and resources in this country. They contain a description of the complexity in medical practice due to the development of hospitals and specialization. A chapter on the general practice of medicine conveys the idea that the general practitioner is being crowded out of the field, a conclusion that is emphasized in the next chapter, on specialists and group medicine. In this the author argues the superiority economically and medically of group practice. This argument is continued in the succeeding chapters, in which he accepts without question the conclusions of the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care as to lower costs of group practice and endorses the practice of contract medicine by groups.

The author recognizes the abuses that have grown up under workmen's compensation but does not seem to recognize that these abuses are closely connected with some of the forms

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