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Sept 7, 1963

Role of the Private Physician in Coordinated Home Care

Author Affiliations

Beverly Hills, Calif.

President-Elect, California Medical Association, formerly Assistant Clinical Professor of Gynecology, University of Southern California Medical School: and Attending Gynecologist, St. John's Hospital and Santa Monica Hospital, Santa Monica, Calif., and St. Joseph's Hospital, Burbank, Calif.

JAMA. 1963;185(10):782-783. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060100062024

GROWING INTEREST in coordinated home care has developed in recognition of its potential role as that part of a total medical care plan which can best meet the needs of certain patients or of given patients in certain phases of their illnesses. As a tool of the physician in the management of his patient, the application and value of a home care program are considerably different in today's practice of medicine than when it was first introduced in 1796. But, just as we have rediscovered the value of certain drugs used long ago, so are we now recognizing the basic advantages of home care programs. New York's Montefiore Hospital's program in 1947 viewed home care as "a productive means of collaboration that draws on all elements of the medical society for helpful service in a sphere of activity that belongs to the rank and file of physicians who engage in

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