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Family Medicine and Pediatrics

HUGH C. THOMPSON, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(4):596. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110230142026.
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To the Editor.—This letter is a reaction to the thoughtful and stimulating marginal comment, "Family Medicine and Pediatrics," by Robert Haggerty, MD, in the July issue of the Journal (126:13-14, 1973). Much of the comment is excellent. A different viewpoint may be presented concerning several issues basic to medical education and to the health care of US children for the next several decades.

  1. What is "family medicine"?

  2. Can family physicians deliver care of a quality equal to that of internists and pediatricians over a practice life of 30 to 35 years?

  3. Does the type of training of the physician affect the expense of health care?

  4. Does a medical specialty determine boredom in practice?

  5. At what age should pediatric care stop?

Family Medicine.—What constitutes family medicine has been discussed by Ransom and Vandervoort.1 Basically, there are two components. The physician must consider and

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