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Profiles in Primary Care
August 19, 1998

Linda Headrick, MDSeeking a Common Language in Primary Care

Author Affiliations

Dr Mullan is clinical professor of pediatrics and health care sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, and a contributing editor of the journal Health Affairs , which is published by Project HOPE, Bethesda, Md.


Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1998;280(7):655-658. doi:10.1001/jama.280.7.655

Linda Headrick is an academician—a teacher, a clinician, and a trafficker in new ideas. She is a member of the "academy" by dint of being on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio. But she is not a classical academician by traditional standards of medical school scholarship and recognition. Her patients tend not to be those with esoteric problems but those with common ones. Her teaching addresses the problems of the system and the population in addition to the biological problems of the individual. Her research subjects are neither patients nor laboratory animals but rather the system that makes the medical center and the medical care system function . . . or dysfunction.

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