December 1, 1962


JAMA. 1962;182(9):31. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050480095040

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Two medical school deans described their concepts of the family doctor of the future Nov. 10-11 at a conference in Kansas City on graduate education for general practice. The meeting was sponsored by the American Academy of General Practice Foundation.

Dr. Robert H. Alway of Stanford and Dr. George T. Harrell of the University of Florida attended as observers for their schools. Alway said there are two main reasons why the American family of the future must have a family doctor: the cost of medical care must shift from cure of illness to prevention, and the changing pattern of family relationships demands a doctor who understands not only medicine but such things as socioeconomics.

"This man should practice medicine from the ecological approach, both inside the body and outside it, taking into consideration all the factors which influence health," Alway said. "He will play the whole keyboard of the organ