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December 10, 1982

Solo Practice

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Mt Laurel, NJ

JAMA. 1982;248(22):2969-2970. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220015010

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To the Editor.—  I was enjoying the article by Dr Paul Rhoads (1982; 247:2671), because it said so much about the education of the physician as opposed to training, until I was brought up short by item 5 under the heading "Considerations for Young People Aspiring to a Medical Career." Under this heading, he stated "The days of solo practice as it was a generation ago are over." I would like to raise a dissenting voice.To be sure, the group practice of medicine is now enjoying great popularity among physicians. However, it has many weaknesses that are gradually becoming apparent to the patients who, in the ultimate decision, will be the ones to determine the nature of the future practice of medicine. There will come a time when patients again will want to have free choice of consultants. There will come a time when physicians again will want to