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Some Bottlenecks Towards Family Medicine

LeRoy P. Levitt, MD
JAMA. 1971;215(8):1310-1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180210056011.
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When I agreed to make this presentation, I had not realized what a difficult task it would be at this moment in time. Deans are not known for their reticence in talking, and are given to great bursts of eloquence on matters of budgets, fund-raising and faculty appointments, as well as the ubiquitous problems of curriculum. I had thought I might speak about the role of the general practitioner in Europe, having but a few weeks ago returned from a World Health Organization fellowship which took me to eight countries; by the end of the week in each country, I wasn't so sure I understood what prevailed there, since opinions were too varied and anecdotal. I then considered relating some data concerning our preceptorship program with the DuPage County Medical Society, now of three years' vintage. It continues to be quite successful, but somehow it did not seem fitting as


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