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Centennial Physician: Richard Perry, MD, Struggles with the Future

Fitzhugh Mullan, MD
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Bethesda, MD 20814 (Mullan)


Grant Support: By the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Milbank Memorial Fund.

Requests for Reprints: Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Health Affairs/Project Hope, Suite 600, 7500 Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814; e-mail, fmullan@projhope.org.


Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(5):395-398. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-131-5-199909070-00021
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Richard Perry, MD, is a physician of the 20th century. Born before the advent of penicillin, schooled in the days when “imaging” meant x-rays and endoscopes were few, rigid, and of limited value, he has spent most of the century's latter decades as a devout practitioner of personal medical care, bringing increasingly powerful medical science to the lives of his patients. He loves his calling, but as he faces the 21st century, his practice and his medical values are in trouble.

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