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Family Doctor

Elizabeth Toman, MD
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From New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Requests for Single Reprints: Elizabeth Toman, MD, New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System, 1501 San Pedro Drive Southeast, Albuquerque, NM 87108; e-mail, elizabethtoman@msn.com.

Ann Intern Med. 2008;149(12):907-908. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-149-12-200812160-00012
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I always wanted to be the family doctor. That is not to say that I regret my decision to be an internist. The narrower scope and focus on chronic illnesses suits me better than the impossibly broad field of family medicine. But my vision of being a doctor always included an image of my mother, otoscope in hand, examining a cousin or neighbor at our dining room table. She was our family's doctor.





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