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May 14, 1932

THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE PRIVATE MEDICAL PRACTITIONER TO PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

Author Affiliations

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

JAMA. 1932;98(20):1739-1743. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27320460007014
Abstract

My duty here is to outline briefly developments and changes during recent decades, in Europe generally and particularly in Britain, in preventive as related to clinical medicine, and the influence of this altered orientation on the work of the private medical practitioner.

I may claim some advantage in discussing this subject; for not only did I engage in general medical practice during several years of my earlier professional life, but also for over thirty-five years I held responsible positions in public health work in England; and more recently I have during several years had opportunities to observe forward movements in America, and for the last three years have been completely occupied in a special study of the problem throughout Europe.1

My simplest plan would be merely to outline the main movements in Europe, leaving the reader—as I must in the end—to determine how far and in what respects, if

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