MALCOLM L. PETERSON, M.D., PH.D.
Why would nearly half of the physicians in the practice of medicine in this country not recommend their profession to a young person today as highly as they might have 10 years ago? In a poll commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation and conducted in 1981 by Louis Harris and Associates (1), 48% of the 1814 physicians surveyed said they were less inclined to recommend a career in medicine; their views hinged on six points: loss of autonomy (as reflected in government regulations and third party controls); loss of personal satisfaction (through erosion of the doctor-patient relationship and the public's
PETERSON ML. Physicians' Forecasts of Medical Practice: Why is the Glass Half Empty?. Ann Intern Med. ;97:778–779. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-5-778
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(5):778-779.
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