Medicine: Fishing for G.P.s

In the offices of each of 29 Binghamton, N.Y., general practitioners last week sat a high school student. As patients came in, the doctors asked them (provided that the situation would be neither embarrassing nor unethical) whether they would object to the student's staying. Most did not. During the week, 57 students from the town's four high schools spent a morning in a G.P.'s office, gulped lunch with the doctor, walked hospital corridors on visits to his patients, went home to dinner with him—and got a chance to observe how much his supposedly...

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