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Despite the fact that generalists have historically been concerned with the care of the whole patient, modern internists and primary care physicians too often feel uncomfortable with diagnosis and treatment of disease in pregnant women. Similarly, obstetricians look to their medical colleagues for guidance in managing preexisting problems in their patients. In university medical centers, this dilemma is addressed in high-risk obstetric clinics staffed by members of both disciplines who join to provide optimal care.
Consultative skills have become increasingly important to general internists, there are many textbooks that define the knowledge available, particularly as it applies to surgical patients.
Medical Care of the Pregnant Patient.. Ann Intern Med. ;102:145–146. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-1-145_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(1):145-146.
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