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The Private Pediatrician's Future

William G. Crook, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1968;116(5):479-485. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100020483005.
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I HAVE been a private pediatric practitioner for 19 years. I spent a year in solo practice and the remainder in a pediatric partnership and group. I've received many battle scars. At times, I've been frustrated and disillusioned. But I still feel that private pediatric practice can and should have a glorious future. But I'm not for the status quo and changes are necessary.

Looking Backward  For over ten years, dissatisfaction and disenchantment have simmered and boiled from the cauldron of pediatric practice.1-4 A strange new malady has appeared. It's name: "The Unhappy Pediatrician Syndrome."5 More victims crop up each year.Most of the earlier cases of this insidious but devastating disorder went unrecognized by the research-oriented, pediatric academic community. And when it was recognized, widely divergent opinions were expressed as to the extent and seriousness of the outbreak and what should be done about it.6-30Although

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