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January 1971

Educating the Physician Toward a Solution

Author Affiliations


From the Family Health Care Program and the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and the Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;127(1):85-88. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310130089012

The crisis of manpower in numbers, distribution, and function is now obvious to all except the few who refuse to look. We do not have enough health professionals to provide needed care. The health professionals we have are distributed in the more populous states, and are concentrated in suburban communities, with resulting marked shortages in the core city and in rural areas. The problem is not just one of distribution. It is also one of education. Our system of medical education continues to produce physicians for speciality practice rather than for the delivery of primary or continuing comprehensive care. Despite the appearance of reports three years ago calling for the creation of a primary, personal, or family physician,1-3 the majority of major medical schools and the majority of medical faculty retain a commitment which seems, at face value, to seek to meet the needs of the profession rather than

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