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January 1, 1992

House Calls

Author Affiliations

Naples, Fla

JAMA. 1992;267(1):56. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480010064021

To the Editor.  —As medical director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan, I read Dr Galloway's "House Calls"1 with great interest.In 1923, at the age of 16, I accompanied a physician on his home calls in rural Vermont. As a third-year medical student, aged 25,I was involved in home care with the New York City Visiting Nurse Association—this was part of our medical education at that time. During my internship and residency in various hospitals, there always seemed to be house calls to be answered. This was also true during my preceptorship under Dr Virgil Simpson, a contributor to JAMA in the 1930s.After World War II, I moved to the Detroit area to set up my practice again. The first thing I did there was to call the Visiting Nurse Association, which was already 50 years old. Now at age 83, I still function as