Medicine: The Compleat Practitioner

Decrying the old family doctor is a fashionable medical pastime. Of the 170,000 U.S. physicians, more than half (55%) are now classed as specialists—and the specialist class is growing. Only last fortnight, Dean Willard C. Rappleye of Columbia University's School of Medicine predicted that group practice in community hospitals will eventually do away with the independent general practitioner. Said Dr. Rappleye: "Medical knowledge is now so complex . . . that . . . complete medical service can no longer be rendered by an individual physician alone."

But the general run of people still...

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