September 1991

Family Physicians and Neonatology

Author Affiliations

Family Medicine 76 Airline Rd South Dennis, MA 02660

Am J Dis Child. 1991;145(9):963. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1991.02160090013001

Sir.—It is regrettable that the editor who edits this section of The Journal is so ignorant of interspecialty relations that he or she would not have purged the slur to family practitioners in the letter by DiTraglia1 that appeared in the November 1990 issue.

All specialties contribute in unique ways to the care of the patient. I am convinced that there are medical and family issues that family practitioners handle better than pediatricians, because of the family physician's involvement with other family members and in other acute care settings. One example is of a 4-year-old girl who presented with chest pains and was recognized by her family physician to have an acute myocardial infarction, despite the pediatricians' diagnoses. I guess I have participated in the resuscitation of more newborns in the last 10 years than many pediatric oncologists, yet I would not disparage another specialty because of

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