To the Editor.
—I wish to make two comments on the fine Editorial by Dr Johns1 on mandatory national health service. First, this is a fine idea and should be very helpful in bringing young physicians into areas not attracting them at the present time. I favor it. Many years ago I donated time on an American Indian reservation.My second comment is in regard to specialists and their training. Specialization should not place the specialist on a pedestal above or remote from his or her patients. The rendering of general advice to patients is a duty of every physician.My practice time covered a period of 43 years, from 1940 to 1983, during a time when the specialties were developing. I was a surgeon and took time to give advice to my patients, in conjunction with my referring physicians, when they asked for it—and many did. Every specialist
Weckesser EC. Mandatory National Health Service. JAMA. 1993;270(23):2808. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510230043025