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The traditional approach to the patient with a common cold or rare disease has long been established in academic departments of internal medicine. This approach serves well the goals of research, which are accumulation of new knowledge and the validation of new understandings about old clinical problems. However, 10 to 15 years ago the academic leaders of internal medicine recognized what their colleagues in practice had known for some time about the fundamental differences between patient care in ambulatory medicine in the community as opposed to episodic care in the university setting. Fortunately, some of the strongest medical schools in
Office Practice of Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;97:798. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-5-798_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(5):798.
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