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In spite of ever-increasing medical specialization, the general practitioner is still the first physician to see most patients, and he is thereby called upon to make at least a tentative diagnosis and to either institute treatment himself or refer the patient elsewhere. Consequently, it is incumbent on him to keep abreast of developments in diagnosis and treatment in many fields, an impossible task if he must depend upon current literature or texts written by specialists for specialists. This book is designed to supply the general practitioner with authoritative information on recent diagnostic methods in diverse fields, to describe accepted treatments, and to indicate those conditions for which expert advice should be sought. Fourteen experts have each contributed a chapter on their specialties. The first three chapters are concerned with minor surgery, orthopedic surgery, and fractures. Subsequent chapters deal with urology, proctology, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, dermatology, and psychiatry. In
The Specialties in General Practice. JAMA. 1952;148(11):971. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930110093028