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April 5, 1947

An Integrated Practice of Medicine: A Complete General Practice of Medicine from Differential Diagnosis by Presenting Symptoms to Specific Management of the Patient

JAMA. 1947;133(14):1039-1040. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880140069032

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The ultimate aim of the author was the production of an integrated practice of medicine written to meet the requirements of the general practitioner. This attempt to correlate the great advances made in the various specialties to the immediate problem of the patient in order to enable the practicing physician to view his patient not as a complex of isolated systems but as an integrated individual is most commendable. The recent progress in psychosomatic medicine has been concerned with this emphasis on the integration of the entire organism. More and more the necessity for a broader knowledge of all the specialties becomes apparent. The general practitioner should be able to serve competently from 60 to 80 per cent of the patients who consult him; the rest may require additional consultation. In the former group a variety of symptoms and diseases may tax the ingenuity of the practitioner to the utmost.

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