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August 1968

A Crisis in Our Time

Author Affiliations

La Jolla, Calif

From the University of California at San Diego, and the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, Calif.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(2):171-174. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300070075015

The physician deals with individuals one at a time. It is natural for him to consider group plans or undertakings as alien to his and his patient's welfare. Yet medicine is a public service function and the present social revolution is involving medicine, whether or not the physician desires it. Recent medical organizational and legislative events relate to concepts of comprehensive medicine and personal physician. Health arguments based on substantial differences are shaping the future of physicians and their practice.

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