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To the Editor:—
You are doubtless aware of the spread of medical and surgical specialization throughout the United States. There is a saying that extremes are always wrong, that the ideal position is the happy medium. I feel that in the matter of medical specialists we are swinging to an extreme in that we have arrived at a position in medical history in which the profession is top heavy—too many specialists and not enough physicians doing general practice.A person calls a doctor only to be confronted with the reply that he is not engaged in general practice but is following a certain specialty. The patient, or those immediately interested in him, go down the list to find that the great majority are specialists; then he finally hits on an osteopath. The latter usually has his name followed by osteopathic physician and surgeon, but the "osteopath" is usually printed in
Gariepy LJ. GENERAL PRACTITIONERS ON HOSPITAL STAFFS. JAMA. 1947;133(15):1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880150125020
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