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July 21, 1951


Author Affiliations

Chairman, Commission on Hospitals, American Academy of General Practice, Kansas City 2, Mo.

JAMA. 1951;146(12):1151-1152. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670120061028

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To the Editor:  —Does the resurgence of the "general practitioner pose a threat to good surgical care? No! In a letter in, The Journal May 19, 1951, Dr. Edwin P. Lehman, director of the department of surgery at the University of Virginia, takes the opposite view of this question. There are many who would not agree with certain thoughts he has endeavored to develop, and it is only fair that these expressions be given voice.No one interested in the revival of the "family doctor" has suggested that he be universally accorded surgical privilege. No one participating in the formulation of policy of the American Academy of General Practice has endeavored to support any person, member or nonmember, in his personal application for surgical appointment. However, we have endeavored to make it possible for the family doctor interested in surgery and desiring to improve himself in this field to have

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