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Textbooks in family medicine do not resemble those in other clinical specialties. This is because, having no clinical turf of its own, family medicine is not so much a special body of knowledge as it is a unique approach to patient care that uses knowledge from biomedicine, the behavioral and social sciences, and the more specialized clinical disciplines. Thus, family medicine texts tend to be collections of related articles, all dealing with the family-oriented approach to thinking about a clinical problem, caring for a patient, or practicing a skill. They are not repositories where one looks for definitive answers to clinical questions.
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Family Medicine—Principles and Applications.. Ann Intern Med. 1978;89:582. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-4-582_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(4):582.
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