Your Health: Aug. 23, 1999

GOOD NEWS

G.P. REDUX? Just when it seemed that general practitioners were going the way of Marcus Welby, the tide of medical specialization may be turning, at least in California. A survey of medical schools for the years 1993-98 found that graduates entering primary-care residencies rose, from 45% to 54%. An encouraging sign, but don't expect doctors to start making house calls again.

PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE It's a cruel but common outcome: a patient with lung cancer appears to be in complete remission, but then dies when the disease spreads to the brain. Prophylactic radiation of the skull has been used for...

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