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October 1, 1949

THE FAMILY DOCTORAn Epidemiologic Concept

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich.

From the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health.

JAMA. 1949;141(5):308-311. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910050008002

The picture of the family doctor has been drawn by greater artists than I. In his role as confidant and confessor, busy but patient, sometimes limited in preparation but long in understanding, he created a position which deeply influenced the decisions of the family and community. Through long and intimate acquaintance he learned the social and economic stresses of his flock, the hidden errors and the familial blights to be encountered. He encouraged the promising and helped cushion the realities and failures of the less successful. His position as sociologist and practical psychologist has not been filled in the community, for the industrial revolution and the present industrial revolt have changed the atmosphere of the growing community from one of neighborly sharing in the intimate pleasures and problems to one in which sociologic interest is too largely official and too often accompanied with political aspirations. The vanishing of this priesthood

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