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To the Editor:
—It should be admitted that one of the best ways for the general practitioner to develop his general knowledge is through the specialties. It is not enough to depend entirely on places doing general work, such as the general medical dispensary, invaluable as such training is; for many of the conditions formerly treated solely in the general medical dispensaries are now handed over to special dispensaries. The result is better diagnosis and treatment for the patient, and better training for the attending physician. It is surely obvious why a dispensary for diseases of the nervous system or for diseases of children offers advantages of instruction to the physician unobtainable in the general medical dispensary, even if it attempts to handle these cases.This generalization applies with special force to pulmonary diseases, which have long waited to receive the limited special consideration which they now enjoy. From the
Montgomery CM. Value to the General Practitioner of Special Training in Pulmonary Diseases. JAMA. 1913;60(17):1317-1318. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340170045029