October 1969

New Curricula and Training for Patient Care

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(4):507-509. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300200119020

Medical care and some of the problems facing the health professions have recently had a series of dramatic and headline-generating public presentations. Though the appointment of the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs was accompanied by a crescendo of charges and counter-charges concerning the potential role of one individual, many of the key issues were still heard above the din of personality-focused pyrotechnics. Further reflection and more thorough discussion is needed, particularly in regard to two of the most difficult questions: (1) how to get adequate medical care to those people not now receiving any or less than adequate care, and (2) how to later extend excellent care to all. The first question may be thought of as a quantitative problem, dealing with the total number of physicians, the physician-patient ratio, the number and types of allied health care personnel (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, etc) and the systems in our society

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