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February 22, 1971

Some Bottlenecks Towards Family Medicine

Author Affiliations

From the Chicago Medical School/University of Health Sciences.

JAMA. 1971;215(8):1310-1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180210056011

When I agreed to make this presentation, I had not realized what a difficult task it would be at this moment in time. Deans are not known for their reticence in talking, and are given to great bursts of eloquence on matters of budgets, fund-raising and faculty appointments, as well as the ubiquitous problems of curriculum. I had thought I might speak about the role of the general practitioner in Europe, having but a few weeks ago returned from a World Health Organization fellowship which took me to eight countries; by the end of the week in each country, I wasn't so sure I understood what prevailed there, since opinions were too varied and anecdotal. I then considered relating some data concerning our preceptorship program with the DuPage County Medical Society, now of three years' vintage. It continues to be quite successful, but somehow it did not seem fitting as