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June 28, 1947


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San Francisco.

JAMA. 1947;134(9):826. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880260084025

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To the Editor.—  Dr. Miller's article on "General Practice in a Large Hospital" in the March 3 issue of The Journal has been read with considerable interest. He stated that the regular staff of his hospital was organized into four sections: (1) medicine, (2) surgery, (3) obstetrics and gynecology and (4) general practice. Since diagnosis is the cornerstone of modern medical practice, it was rather astonishing to see no mention of departments of radiology or pathology. You are doubtless aware that in the modern nationwide educational program of the Veterans Administration hospitals, the following four departments are stressed: (1) medicine, (2) surgery, (3) pathology and (4) radiology. By giving the two principal diagnostic departments an equal standing with those of medicine and surgery, responsibility is properly assigned and opportunity for advancement in those fundamental specialties increased. This surprising omission was mentioned in a letter to Dr. Miller; he was good

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