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September 1977

The Role and Training of the General Internist: Panel Discussion

Author Affiliations

From the Division of General Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and the University of Miami Affiliated Hospitals, Miami.

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(9):1330-1334. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630210180056

The summary and panel discussion were initiated by the following address given by David E. Rogers, MD.

I think I am particularly pleased to see this conference about what generalists might do. Last May as some of you know, I, in addressing the Association of American Physicians in Atlantic City, made a considerable plea that we try and return the general internist to a place of prominence in academic medical centers, and I did that under the title, "On Technical Logic Restraint." I was trying to make the point that its disappearance from the academic scene coupled with the increasing power of some of our technology were sometimes leading to the overuse of very painful and fairly hazardous diagnostic and therapeutic tools on our medical wards by those who were young and smart but not necessarily wise. Something seemed to have been lost both for those who were rendering care

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