Where Should Primary Care Be Taught—and by Whom?
This chapter addresses who will teach the new knowledge on which modern generalism is based and what to do in the absence of a sufficient cadre of teachers. It will be sad if the inadequacies of the primary care physicians trained in these programs are taken as evidence of the failure of the underlying concept. The experience of this century has made it abundantly clear that medicine is best taught while doing it. In this era, the necessity of knowing the patient was added. This new requirement demands a kind of information that can only be obtained by a return to the fundamental clinical method, attentive clinical observation in which physicians are their own instruments. It becomes necessary, therefore, to teach physicians not only what they need to know, but also what they need to be.
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