Medicine: The G.P.s

General practitioners feel, with good reason, that neither the public nor the medical profession treats them with the respect they deserve. In the American Medical Association, general practitioners outnumber specialists two to one (100,000 to 50,000), but until recently they had no national organization of their own. In Cincinnati last week 2,518 doctors showed up at the first annual scientific assembly of the 21-month-old American Academy of General Practice.

The G.P.s invited 20 specialists to talk to them, crowded in to listen with an enthusiasm that amazed veteran conventiongoers. At every session for...