• General practitioners provide a greater percentage of the medical care for children than any other group of physicians. Since the general practitioner devotes such a large part of his practice to the care of persons under 15 years of age, he encounters special problems important in pediatrics. These include immunization, fluid balance, allergy, nutrition, orthopedics, and psychiatry. Care of the newborn infants and the study of normal growth and development patterns require time and numerous cases to give the physician confident judgment. Hospital teaching programs can and should provide the continuing education that is so necessary in understanding the problems in pediatrics that are so commonly encountered in general practice.
Barba PS. GRADUATE EDUCATION FOR GENERAL PRACTICE FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF PEDIATRICS. JAMA. 1957;163(17):1596–1598. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970520030009
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