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June 17, 1961

VII. The Role of Surgery in the Education of the Physician for Family Practice

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan.

Chairman and Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center.

JAMA. 1961;176(11):911-912. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040240017007

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CONFUSION part surgeons should have in the education of the family physician is, in large measure, related to indecision concerning the need and the advisability for the family physician or generalist to practice elective surgery. This consideration is not static but dynamic and must be viewed not from the requirements of the past but from the requirements of medicine in the present and the probabilities of the development of the future.

Restrictions in the practice of medicine are inherently distasteful. Today, indications exist that the physician who has not had adequate training in surgery will not be permitted to undertake elective surgical treatment in most hospitals. Before adopting an unreconcilable antagonism toward such restrictions one must answer 2 questions. 1. Is there a need for elective operations to be done by one who has had no particular training in surgery? 2. Is the surgical care offered to the patient as

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