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August 25, 1956

DOMICILIARY MEDICAL PRACTICE IN AN INDIGENT POPULATION

JAMA. 1956;161(17):1617-1624. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970170013004
Abstract

• The work of city physician in Burlington, Vt., has been taken over by fellows in the College of Medicine of the University of Vermont. The fellow on his house calls is accompanied, as the city physician was formerly accompanied, by two or three medical students assigned to this duty in rotation for a period of two weeks during their senior year.

The procedure, described in detail, involved 5,781 home visits in one year. Of these, 600 were on Sundays or holidays, and 160 were made between midnight and 8 a. m. A total of 6,321 cases classified under 243 headings were seen, and valuable data as to the frequency of various types of treatment, the use and misuse of antibiotics, the seasonal distribution of illness, and the occurrence of unnecessary calls were obtained. Ear, throat, and respiratory afflictions predominated, and the majority of patients were treated successfully at home.

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