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March 1964

The General Practitioner.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(3):470-472. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280090156038

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Every branch of medicine has its own peculiar problems. Not only are there scientific questions which arise continually within each specialty, but also there is the practical task of making progress easily accessible to the public. But no greater challenge confronts medicine currently than that of making the advances attained in all fields of medicine available to any individual who contacts any doctor. Physicians and laymen alike are impressed with these vital issues since they determine the actual over-all quality of medical care commonly available. This growing concern has focused intense interest on the doctor who usually conveys the initial service to the patient—the general practitioner.

Indeed, one might ask, are all general practitioners alike? Obviously they vary greatly since the wide latitude in which they function combined with different personalities creates endless interests with resultant variations. To what extent can these variations be controlled? How adequate is our present

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