Within the medical specialties compartmentalized in named departments, there are "core areas" which need to be taught and within which experience by practice is necessary for adequate mastery, no matter whether the product mounts the academic ladder or contentedly exists as a dispenser of services in city or county, singly or in groups. There is, however, another core area which is basic for the education of all graduate students no matter what the specialty or what apparent career goals may be favored at the moment. This is a knowledge of the health-illness system which cannot be fractured since it denotes a process in continuity over time, ie, life.
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