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After many years in the doldrums, primary care medicine has come into its own. Superfluous numbers of specialty-oriented physicians have been trained and have concentrated their services in medical centers. This specialization and concentration on in-patient care have contributed to the high cost of health services. Because of increasing competition, specialists and subspecialists have had trouble attaining their expected high standard of living. These trends, as well as a growing concern among students and house officers with the quality of ambulatory services, have led to a flowering of primary care training programs. The emergence of ambulatory medicine as a full-fledged
Principles of Ambulatory Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;98:427–428. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-3-427_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(3):427-428.
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