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To the Editor.—Dr. Thompson's comments, based on his long and broad experience in pediatric practice, teaching, and as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, must be given great weight as we try to decide the future course of primary medical care in the United States. I very much appreciate his thoughts. The problem, in arriving at an informed conclusion, is that we really have very little comparative data on which to base our opinions. In addition to such comparative data that are needed, I suggest that individual differences in both doctors and patients may be a major factor in determining our course. It has been my experience that some doctors like to care for young families—children and parents—and some patients like this better than going to two or more specialists. If given an opportunity to obtain good training, I think such family physicians can do a
HAGGERTY RJ. Family Medicine and Pediatrics-Reply. Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(4):596–597. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110230142027