• Within the broad body of internal medicine most of the subspecialties have remained, whereas in the surgical specialties they have splintered off into separate groups. This suggests that the wide variation of content in the field of internal medicine makes it a very satisfactory beginning point for the training of the student for general practice. The quintessence of internal medicine is really an attitude of mind or way of thinking about people. It should be the central theme of all specialties and is vital in general practice. Experience with residencies for general practice has not been encouraging, and analysis of the work of physicians in general practice suggests that the best preparation for it is training in internal medicine.
Bean WB. GRADUATE EDUCATION FOR GENERAL PRACTICE FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE. JAMA. 1957;163(17):1592–1593. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970520026007
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