GERALD E. SINCLAIR, M.D.
To the editor: While identifying problem areas in the provision of medical manpower, and dwelling at length on the problem of overspecialization, incredibly Dr. Petersdorf proceeds to endorse overspecialization in internal medicine (1). He states that "the medical consultant of the future will not be the general internist but the subspecialist" and suggests that "restructuring" of training programs will prepare the general internist for a role in primary care.
In fact, many consultations can be effectively rendered by any well-trained, skilled, general internist. Most patients requiring medical consultation do not require the very special skills of procedural cardiologists and the
SINCLAIR GE. Internists, Primary Care, and Subspecialization. Ann Intern Med. ;83:278. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-2-278_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(2):278.
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