CHARLES M. EPSTEIN, M.D.
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To the editor: It was with growing incredulity that I read and reread the February lead article by Sackett and his dozen collaborators (Ann Intern Med 80:137-142, 1974), in which general practitioners and nurse practitioners were solemnly compared by their ability to influence "self esteem . . . telephone calls from . . . other individuals . . . interactions with police, the courts, or welfare agencies." To my knowledge, no one has ever before considered that the average physician is instrumental in managing these portions of his patients' lives. I am content with the conclusion that nurse practitioners are
EPSTEIN CM. What Can Practitioners Do?. Ann Intern Med. ;81:269–270. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-2-269
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(2):269-270.
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