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August 1973

Training the Internist

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(2):293-294. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650080134029

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To the Editor.  —I enjoyed very much reading and gaining some insight into your views in your editorial in the Archives for December. I would like to raise some additional points for your consideration.It seems to me that we are all about to be hung on the gallows categorization. The public (in the affluent suburbs as well as the rural sector and the inner city) have used the term "general practitioner" because they know of no other term and because traditional usage has outlined a specific meaning for the term. What they are asking for is a single physician (or a small group of physicians in which they can maintain an individual identity with a particular physician) to provide for the majority of their adult illnesses as well as relatively simple growth and development pediatrics. A very high percentage of such adult medicine involves personality problems, familial problems, and

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