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October 21, 1950


Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Mo.

JAMA. 1950;144(8):599-600. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920080001001

In 1948 Dr. Eric Royston1 read a paper entitled "The Renaissance of the General Practitioner" at the Annual Session of the American Medical Association. In 1949 Dr. Winfred Harm2 stated that every general practitioner's office should be a cancer detection center. I hope to present other phases of the work of the physician who engages in many fields of medical practice. His position is unique, both in the community and in organized medicine. It is my purpose to continue in the same tenor as Dr. Harm, the former chairman of the Section on General Practice, in presenting fields of usefulness and influence of the family physician.

HOME AND FAMILY CONTACTS  The general practitioner is the only man in America today who is ready to answer any and all emergency calls in the home. These emergencies range from ruptured gastric ulcer, acute coronary occlusion, fractured bones, uterine hemorrhage, circulatory