Medicine: The Limited Specialist

Laymen who bitterly complain that they cannot find their way through the maze of multiplying medical specialties and subspecialties can take comfort: the fractionation of medical practice has gone so far that the specialists themselves are confused. The professional men's anger and frustration over their internal divisions came out clearly from 1,084 physicians of all types polled by Medical Economics (circ. 150,000). No less than 91% worried about jurisdictional disputes and admitted uncertainty over the problem of where to draw the line.

Hardest put to defend his territory was the general surgeon—who, ironically,...

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