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May 24, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(21):1372-1373. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480210030004

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The passing of the old-style family physician in our large cities means a distinct loss to society unless he be replaced by another and more modern family medical adviser. The present vogue for treatment by specialists and for office consultation is a natural outcome of prevailing tendencies in both professional and lay circles. People need not be particularly well-informed nowadays to have little faith in the ability of one individual to cover the whole field of either medicine or surgery. They realize, for instance, that he who thoroughly knows obstetrics probably is not justified in uttering a final word on diseases of the nervous system, or that good surgery for crooked feet is not to be expected of the gynecologist. The consequence is that the several members of one family may have different medical attendants, and perhaps even change from specialist to specialist as their ailments vary. Office practice fosters

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