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April 30, 1910

THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER, THE SPECIALIST AND THE PUBLIC

JAMA. 1910;LIV(18):1446. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550440026003

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Abstract

That there is a tendency among the members of the profession studying and practicing different branches of the science and art of medicine to drift apart and to lose sympathy with each other is a matter of frequent observation. The exclusive reliance of the specialist on the journals devoted to his special subject, which the general practitioner does not read, has contributed not a little to this lack of sympathy among the members of the profession. The laboratory man, the experimenter, wrapped up in the problems which he is attempting to solve, fails to keep in touch with the rest of the profession. The surgeon is apt to feel that the practice of medicine is subsidiary to his art. The men practicing the various specialties are each prone to believe that his branch is the pivot about which the practice of medicine revolves. The general practitioner feels little interest in

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