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January 19, 1963


JAMA. 1963;183(3):202. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700030078015

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With today's specializations in the field of medicine, the private practitioner is concerned primarily with curative rather than preventive medicine. The pressures of practice make it impossible for him to completely fulfill his natural role in disease prevention. The trend of the past 2 decades has been toward the division of community responsibilities, with the field of communicable disease prevention being allocated more and more to governmental and voluntary health organizations with minor consideration of the private physician's role in this field of medicine. The fundamental fact that the private physician is a key member of a community team of health personnel whose job it is to prevent as well as cure disease has been gradually overlooked in most communities. Once in a while, however, an opportunity presents itself for the private physician and the medical society to assume their natural leadership in the community in disease prevention. Such an

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