A general internist is a physician who provides scientifically based, empathic care for the nonsurgical illnesses of adolescents and adults. This care tends to be characterized by a mutual personal commitment between doctor and patient, by stability over time, by substantial breadth, by availability, and by an appropriate attention to elements of human support, sensitivity, and concern. It is marked by technical sophistication and major professional expertise. The general internist functions as a consultant to other specialists and is competent to handle critically ill patients and nonsurgical disorders in adolescents and adults seeking aid in
Attributes of the General Internist and Recommendations for Training. Ann Intern Med. ;86:472–473. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-4-472
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(4):472-473.
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