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February 24, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(8):519-524. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640350001001

The time has come for plain statements in regard to modern medical practice, with the purpose of bringing the public and the members of the medical profession as a whole back to good common sense views. It is my purpose to attempt to show how the general practitioner may continue to occupy the important place in the field of practice which was his until recently. For the time being, therefore, specialists in medicine and surgery and special forms of the prevailing methods of modern practice, such as diagnostic groups and pay clinics, will not be discussed.

In a consideration of the general practitioner it will be necessary to discuss the opportunities which he enjoys, and the problems and difficulties which beset him. In their work, not all general practitioners are resourceful and sure of themselves. This fault is due in some instances to inadequate early training, but in a majority

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