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On The Making and Use of Physicians

J. R. E.
Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(3):635-638. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-70-3-635
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Blustery is a word that aptly describes the climate for today's physician as the winds of social controversy swirl about his head. From every direction he hears complaints about the inadequacies of the delivery of health care to the public, the inordinate rise in the cost of such care, the annoyances (if not the evils) of overspecialization, and the dehumanization that science has brought to the profession. That our medical profession has problems is certainly no news to us. But what, we ask, are the solutions?

The difficulties of our medical profession are intertwined with, and in part stem from,


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