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August 2, 1952


JAMA. 1952;149(14):1319. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930310055014

The Bureau of Medical Economic Research has recently published Bulletin 90, "Discontinuance of Medical Groups, 1940-1949."1 Of the 441 medical groups in existence at the start of the 1940's, 82 were discontinued during the decade; of these 82,40 were dissolved entirely, 27 were still in existence but had ceased to meet the requirements of the Bureau's definition of a group, and 15 were reorganized. By restricting their study to the groups that were discontinued and to the reasons therefor, the authors have avoided any discussion of the pros and cons of group practice, particularly from the standpoint of the patient. They have taken a leaf out of research publications in the field of marketing and have tried to set forth the reasons why some groups fall by the wayside, in the hope that such an analysis will be helpful to a physician who is contemplating organizing, joining, or reorganizing