ROBERT E. ECKARDT, M.D., PH.D.
To the editor: I read with great interest Dr. Barondess' article (1) on the training of the internist. I thought it was most lucid and coherent. I also read the numerous comments it provoked (2, 3); most of them missed the whole point of his message. To me, he seems to be saying that the discipline inherent in an inhospital training program for internists prepares them to handle not only the complicated in-bed case but also primary care in the office practice of internal medicine. His point is, I believe, that a disciplined mind is needed to be able to
ECKARDT RE. Internal Medicine as a Finely Honed Discipline. Ann Intern Med. 1979;91:797–798. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-5-797_2
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