ALVIN R. TARLOV, M.D.
The resurgence of interest of general internal medicine in the past decade is a significant reversal of the trend toward subspecialization that followed World War II. The report by Friedman and associates (1) in this issue documents some aspects of this development in the 123 medical schools in this country.
Until the 1960s, approximately one fourth of all internists received fellowship training beyond residency in a subspecialty. During the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, the percentage of residents in internal medicine who elected to subspecialize rose to 80% (2). The trend toward subspecialization was significantly influenced by
TARLOV AR. Academic General Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;96:239–240. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-2-239
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(2):239-240.
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