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May 1986

Breadth of Training, Not Depth in Training, Needed for Family Practice

Author Affiliations

Maryland Infirmary Chaptico, MD 20621

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(5):406. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140190016001

Sir.—All I can say, after reading Dr Helfer's1 "Primary Care: Does It Belong in Pediatrics?" in the October 1985 issue of AJDC, is that it is a great thing not to be overtrained.

As a thrice-certified family physician, I have often thought that the American Board of Family Practice should have stolen the motto from Michelangelo's coat of arms: ancora imparo (I am still learning).

Of all the physicians in Boston I could think of, the one most likely to put on such a discussion as "The Chairmen Debate" would be Joel Alpert. I am sure, as Dr Helfer suggested, that it was fun. I read the synopsis of the debate with both amusement and some concern. I was amused because the gist of the debate seemed to be a "problem" in all specialties, and I was concerned because we family physicians are told by almost all other