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May 18, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(3):291. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980030067018

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Recently there has been increased attention to the supplying of medical services through what are termed "home care programs." At the very beginning there must be a clear differentiation between home care as has always been provided by the private physician and "organized" home care, in which there are coordinated efforts under a central administration that supplies the medical and paramedical services as part of what might be termed a "team effort."

The practice of medicine in the United States has always been primarily a home care program in which a physician treated illness in the home where possible, and, at the same time, called upon nursing, social, and rehabilitative services and resources, as he felt they were needed. The family physician has an additional advantage, however, in that, being a personal physician, he also knows which services will actually be utilized, and not merely accepted. For example, when he

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