In choosing this subject as a contribution to the Section on Practice of Medicine of our great Association. I have borne in mind that this Section is composed mainly of general practitioners; that is to say, family physicians. Before outlining what can and should be done by the family physician as a factor in the solution of the tuberculosis problem, you will permit me to give you my conception of what the family physician should be and what he should represent in a civilized country and in this enlightened century.
Of late there has been in the minds of the laity and even among the profession a tendency to depreciate the value and the standing of the general practitioner. In the profession this tendency has been particularly pronounced among its younger members; the result is that the number of family physicians relative to the number of specialists and also relative
KNOPF SA. THE FAMILY PHYSICIANAS A FACTOR IN THE SOLUTION OF THE TUBERCULOSIS PROBLEM.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(17):1196–1200. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500170001c