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May 3, 1947


JAMA. 1947;134(1):15-16. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880180017003

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Since the establishment of the Section on General Practice in the American Medical Association in June 1946 many hospitals throughout the country have formed, or are in the process of forming, general practice sections. Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital, Detroit, has had such a section for eight years. It is felt that a description of the workings of this section, as well as an outline of the setup, might be of general interest.

When the regular active staff was organized, it was divided into four sections:

  1. Medicine with its specialties.

  2. Surgery with its specialties.

  3. Obstetrics and gynecology.

  4. General practice.

The chairman of each section, including general practice, conducts all meetings within his section. At the regular monthly section meetings there is a discussion of all deaths for the preceding month and of cases of unusual interest. Usually the chairman plans to bring out certain educational points or

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