PERHAPS no field of medical practice today requires as much concentrated effort to keep abreast as does the field of general practice. One reason for this is the lack of a well-defined interpretation of what constitutes general practice.
The American Academy of General Practice has conducted comprehensive studies and programs striving to elevate the practice of medicine and surgery as it relates particularly to the general practitioner. The goal is to produce general practitioners, family physicians, who are not competing with specialism, but rather physicians who maintain the same standards of practice in each of the common areas of medicine or surgery concerned. The incentive and the objective of the American Academy of General Practice stem from the deepseated conviction that the family physician is indispensable in our present system of medical practice, and the quality of such a physician is of great concern to the American public and the
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