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July 15, 1922

A DEFENSE OF GROUP MEDICINE

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Twin Falls, Idaho.

JAMA. 1922;79(3):233-234. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640030059028

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —The communication by Dr. Wilson on the disadvantages and limitations of clinic or group medicine in The Journal, June 24, provoked in me a decided reaction. Much of the criticism he offered is true, but, as he said, can be applied with equal justice to the consultant and to the general practitioner. Other criticisms of group practice need only to be recognized to be obviated. A properly organized and managed modern clinic in a small city is far from being a "soulless corporation." Its members are conscientious physicians with as definite a clientele as the so-called family physician. What is the evidence that the average consultant or even general practitioner takes into account the individual's "psychologic reaction" any more definitely than does a member of a small group in a small city?The question whether specialists in the large cities and medical centers should unite into groups

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