BERNARD H. MILLER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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To the editor: I would like to comment on Dr. Torrey Brown's Editorial, "Physicians Are Part of The Problem," in the August, 1972 issue.
An internist, I have worked in an outpatient state alcoholic-treatment unit for 13 years. The long-term treatment of the alcoholic requires time, interest, knowledge, and special facilities. The patient's personal physician, unless specially trained, is not asked to treat acute leukemia, renal failure requiring dialysis, involutional depression, or ovarian hirsutism. As an internist, I feel no qualms about referring a patient with a complex disease with which I do not feel comfortable to another physician. Alcoholism
MILLER BH. Expertise for Alcoholism. Ann Intern Med. ;77:1004–1005. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-6-1004_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(6):1004-1005.
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