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September 16, 1998

ConsultationKammerer and Gross' Medical Consultation: The Internist on Surgical, Obstetric, and Psychiatric Services

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;280(11):1024-1025. doi:10.1001/jama.280.11.1024-JBK0916-5-1

The first edition of this text devoted to medical consultation appeared in 1983, when teaching medical consultation as a subspecialty in internal medicine was first being emphasized. As of 1998, the future of consultative services is caught in the battle to control health care cost inflation in the face of technological and biomedical advances, regulation and easing of managed care financial constraints, and the national quality commission's bill of rights for patients. Additionally, there is the physician's right to seek consultative advice from colleagues, in an era when due process for the physician has virtually disappeared. This right goes back a long way, as the following verse, included in the first edition of this book, demonstrates:

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