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June 17, 1961

III. A Family Practice Program as a Basis for Training in the Clinical Program

Author Affiliations

Lawrence, Kan.

Chancellor, University of Kansas.

JAMA. 1961;176(11):902-905. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040240008003

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YOU MAY well ask this morning why I was selected to speak for this program. At the moment I represent none of the areas of medical competence which are under discussion; indeed it might be claimed, and with some basis in fact, that I do not even represent medicine in general. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a family physician. The only family that conceivably would call upon my services is my own, and its members are much too sophisticated to be caught in such a blunder.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a specialist in any of the clinical branches—although it is true that I received some training in internal medicine, training of which I am proud, training that I am certain was excellent, and training that has been of exceptional value to me in the various positions I have held since I

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