GENERAL PRACTICE A CONTINUOUS POSTGRADUATE CLINIC.*
EDWIN WALKER, M.D., Ph.D.EVANSVILLE, IND.Both the practitioner and the specialist are compelled to give attention to the whole science of medicine, and after all, they stand on common ground. The ideal practitioner must be quick to recognize the early manifestations of grave diseases which require the specialist's care, while the ideal specialist must as readily diagnose complications which may prove more serious to the individual than the disease he is called on to treat.The specialist is also dependent on the practitioner for information concerning the ultimate results of his work. He should learn his successes and failures from the practitioner, for, after all, the test of any operation or treatment is the relief experienced by the patient. An operation, no matter how brilliant, is a failure unless it relieves or cures the subject, and the ultimate verdict must come from the
Address. JAMA. 1904;XLII(6):347–350. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490510001001
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