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February 1965

Preparation of the Physician for General Practice.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(2):246-247. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860140126029

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General practice and general practitioners have been so thoroughly dissected by so many special pleaders during the last decade that a volume whose title suggests another exploration of the same old ground is unlikely to cause wild cheering at the bookstalls. Curiously enough, this book probably deserves more readers than it is likely to get. At least half of the eight essays in the collection of papers delivered at the 1961 Edinburgh Conference on the Training of the Doctor for His Work in the Community have something very fresh, if not new, to say about a compelling problem. Although intended for the European community, the issues raised have no geographic boundaries: the essayists are speaking to the health care problems of the mid-twentieth century and not in defense of any system of medical service that may have become familiar through long use or desirable for political ends.

The fact that

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