OSLER L. PETERSON, M.D.
It is often said that physicians leave small towns because they lack theater, opera, museums, and such. This and other fanciful theories about the serious decline in physician supply outside metropolitan areas have recently been set right by Crawford and McCormack (1). These investigators asked a number of Virginia physicians why they had abandoned primary care for other specialties. About 80% had spent less than 10 years in primary practice, most were GPs, and most of them had left small towns or rural practices. That these were physicians in their most productive years emphasizes the seriousness of the loss. The
PETERSON OL. Vanishing Physicians. Ann Intern Med. ;76:141. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-1-141
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(1):141.
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