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June 26, 1937

ORGANIZATION SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Organizational, Business, Economic and Social Aspects of Medical Practice

JAMA. 1937;108(26):169B-178B. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260211052

The Family Doctor  BURT R. SHURLY, M.D. DETROITThe great national bodies of organized medical men seem to have failed to make a united effort to provide our people with periodic health examinations; yet this is our responsibility and also great opportunity of service. A discussion and analysis of the reasons for our lack of success are timely and valuable. The movement has the endorsement of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association and many state and county societies. Under the leadership of Pusey and many others it started with much enthusiasm and bid fair to succeed as a valuable method of bringing again a closer contact, confidence, respect and understanding between the family doctor and his patients. In these changing decades innumerable factors have been at work to destroy the steadfast love, veneration and respect of the older day for the family doctor. Under the newer psychology that old reverence has drifted in an alarming confusion of ideas. The family doctor must come back as the guide, comforter and confidant of the family.The periodic health examination belongs to the family doctor but he has failed in the application of his opportunities. The lack of success has come, as Faught of Pennsylvania has shown, from lack of interest in this type of preventive medicine, insufficient confidence in our ability,