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Article
December 5, 1966

Training and Finances Of the GP

Author Affiliations

Malta, Ohio

JAMA. 1966;198(10):1130. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110230146044

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Abstract

To the Editor:  I am sure that all the facts, such as changes in educational standards, prestige, etc, are of importance (197:985, 1966). However, as a country physician, I would like to bring out the following pertinent facts.

  1. Premedical education in general is satisfactory. With some reasonable postgraduate effort, the general practitioner is and remains well equipped for general practice, family counseling, and whatever may be expected from a family physician.

  2. The general practitioner usually has top prestige in his community, possibly exceeding that of the specialist. There has been lack of social, educational and religious facilities in some rural areas, but in this day and age of ever faster communications, distance and time have become less important.

In your appraisal of the situation and in many others, I miss the question of dollars and cents. The pay for interns and residents in this socially conscious and

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