ALVIN R. LOOSLI, M.D.; FRANK P. BONGIORNO, M.D.
To the editor: We wish to thank Dr. Lawrence (1) for his comments on the growth of family practice in the United States but take exception to one paragraph in his editorial on the advisability of family practitioners spending time in the operating room. Dr. Lawrence said that ". . . the only compelling argument for first-assisting by family physicians is a reimbursement system. . . ." We strongly believe that a family physician must participate in all phases of medical care of patients to be a complete doctor. These phases must include training in general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology,
ALVIN R. LOOSLI, FRANK P. BONGIORNO. Family Practitioners and Surgery. Ann Intern Med. 1981;94:710. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-5-710_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(5):710.
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