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June 24, 1961

The Family Physician

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3545 Walker Ave., Memphis 11, Tenn.

JAMA. 1961;176(12):1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040250082034

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To the Editor:—  The editorial in The Journal of Feb. 18, 1961, on the "Family Physician" should provoke concern in medical circles, regardless of the respective fields of our serviceIn defining the family physician the article does not fully exclude the family as a unit, nor does it state in any concise way just where this area of service could best fit.In mentioning the "two outstanding qualifications of the family physician" the author gave an excellent basis of understanding for all doctors. Earlier, the ambiguous mention of "Jack of all trades" may be better understood as we read further that there is "no insuperable obstacle to their being encompassed within the competence of one physician." Whether "the physician restricts his practice to a small anatomical or functional area" or not, we must remember first that we are physicians (M.D.).I like the idea of treating the individual, as well

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