ROBERT G. PETERSDORF, M.D., F.A.C.P.
All of medicine, including internal medicine, is undergoing future shock. Gone are the days when the internist was the master clinician and consultant, practicing without constraints by local, state, or federal governments, ignorant of the costs of diagnostic studies and therapy, free to bill his patient what he wished or to give care free—a healer, confessor, and miracle worker to his patients and a high priest to his peers. The internist of the present, and indeed of the future, is questioning his very existence; he finds himself being supplanted as a consultant by the organsystem oriented subspecialist, and his role
PETERSDORF RG. Internal Medicine 1976: Consequences of Subspecialization and Technology. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:92–94. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-1-92
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