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March 24, 1962

Department of Occupational Health

JAMA. 1962;179(12):975-978. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050120053014

Relationship Between Plant Physician and Family Physician  Henry F. Howe, M.D., Cohasset, Mass.PRESUMABLY have been chosen to speak on the "Relationship Between Plant Physicians and Family Physicians" because I wear both hats. I am a general practitioner in a small town, and for 20 years I have also been a part-time industrial physician in a small plant which is part of a large corporation that has always had an excellent in-plant occupational health program. I, therefore, combine the viewpoints of both branches of the profession. Possibly I am a "split personality," but in most respects I think I can speak fairly, without the resentments and suspicions that sometimes crop up between the 2 groups.The past 20 years have produced many changes in private practice as well as in occupational medicine. Physicians have had to learn how to deal with third parties—insurance companies, compensation boards, and government agencies—that now

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