Your Health: Aug. 23, 1999


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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