KERR L. WHITE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Family doctors usually provide primary and personal medical care. The principal characteristics of primary medical care that distinguish it from other forms of personal medical care include availability and continuity of care. Availability implies that the doctor, his colleague, or his surrogate is prepared to see and advise his patients about any complaints or symptoms they care to present at any reasonable or even unreasonable time. Continuity implies that the doctor is prepared to accept over-all responsibility for his patients' care over extended periods of time. Although this care may be interrupted by episodes
WHITE KL. Academic Medicine, Family Medicine, and Medical Care. Ann Intern Med. 1965;62:603–607. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-62-3-603
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