GEORGE M. PERRINE
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To the editor: The article by Charles and associates (Ann Intern Med 81:733-739, 1974) calls attention to the many and varied programs underway to extend the potential service provided by individual physicians. Practicing physicians and the public are being exposed to graduates of such programs, but do not know what capabilities to expect or how to utilize them. The term physician's assistant has been used generically to include graduates of local programs with as little as three months' training and graduates of two-year, university-associated programs comparable to condensed medical school curricula. The former are being trained to follow algorithms and
PERRINE GM. Physician's Assistant. Ann Intern Med. 1975;82:425. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-3-425_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(3):425.
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