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April 11, 1980

Primary Care vs Principal Care

Author Affiliations

Federated Council for Internal Medicine Philadelphia

JAMA. 1980;243(14):1422. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300400012011

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To the Editor.—  The Federated Council for Internal Medicine wishes to express its concern about some of the definitions of patient care encounters used in the paper by Mendenhall et al (241:2180, 1979), wherein the term "principal care" may mistakenly be made equivalent to the previously defined, well-accepted term "primary care."The details of our concerns are published elsewhere (Ann Intern Med 91:924-925, 1979) in response to the same use of the same definitions.