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October 10, 1980

Family Medicine: An Inside Look

JAMA. 1980;244(15):1731. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310150065045

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This book, written by a general practitioner, not only tells it as it is but will intrigue any reader, professional or layman. What a slice of life Dr Livingston describes; not the African jungle of Dr Livingstone, but the "little jungle" of a family physician's office and his community. The case histories are filled with spice, pathos, and surprises.

Here is a family physician who, having studied "manipulation" with medically qualified experts, is willing to take on its practitioners and to puncture some balloons. He has some sharp things to say about the universities' preparation of students for general practice—if it can be called preparation. His quotations from great generalists such as Sir James Mackenzie are marvelous. There is an excellent bibliography.

For a few evenings of pleasurable reading this engaging little book is excellent fare—witty, down to earth, and constructive.