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June 5, 1967

A Study of Doctors: Mutual Selection and the Evaluation of Results in a Training Programme for Family Doctors

JAMA. 1967;200(10):902. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120230154043

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Night Calls: A Study in General Practice, by Max B. Clyne, with an additional chapter by A. Lask (Mind & Medicine Monograph no. 2), 216 pp, $4.50, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1966.

The most recent book in the "Mind and Medicine" series is A Study of Doctors. In it, Balint and some of his coworkers analyze the results of 15 years' experience conducting seminars in psychiatry for general practitioners. Balint confirms the observation that specialty training does not automatically confer upon the psychiatrist ability to teach, and experience in the seminars indicated that a disturbingly long time was needed to transform interested psychiatrists into effective teachers. Furthermore, Balint et al note that general practice, at least in Great Britain, no longer retains the best students. Thus the students who present themselves for instruction are in some instances not ideal subjects. Nor, in the opinion of the Tavistock group, has