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Residency Training in Internal Medicine, For What; Subspecialty Boards, What For?

Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(3):621-633. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-70-3-621
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Medicine in America may be likened to a child of promise going astray. Serious concerns for medicine derive from love of medicine and those in it.

The legs of the tripod of patient-care, teaching, and research are being variously expanded, shrunken, distorted, disconnected, and examined, often by those inexperienced in the field of medical practice. Two of the three legs of the tripod (patient-care and teaching) have been seriously damaged by past official positions taken by organized medicine as represented by the American Medical Association. In the 1930's the AMA actively discouraged the hospital-based group practice of medicine, and it


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