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Profiles in Primary Care
April 8, 1998

Eugene McGregor, MD

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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1998;279(14):1117-1120. doi:10.1001/jama.279.14.1117

Gene McGregor was born in 1916, six years after Abraham Flexner published his reforming report on the weak condition of medical education in the United States and 3 years after the founding of the first medical specialty organization, the American College of Surgeons. His life has spanned a period of enormous change in the science and practice of US medicine, most of which he has observed from the vantage point of Lisbon, New Hampshire—his birthplace and the site of his medical practice of some 40 years. Spare of words and direct in response, Dr McGregor's alertness and power of recall belie his more than 80 years. He sits comfortably on the porch of his green-shuttered white house on Main Street in Lisbon, recalling his days in practice, some 14,000 of them. He apologizes for the regular interruptions in his reflections caused by the gearing up of lumber trucks passing noisily out Main Street and by his occasional trips inside the house caused, he explains, by diuretics.