Child of the 1960s Addresses Issues of the 1980s

Beverly Merz
JAMA. 1987;258(16):2216-2220. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400160070012.
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"MEDICINE GETS ITS FINGERS in every nook and cranny of human existence," says Gideon Bosker, MD, explaining why the field holds such fascination for the writer and reader alike.

Bosker speaks from experience. He spends 30 hours a week intensely involved with the basic stuff of humanity as attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center in Portland, Ore. He spends another 30 hours as a writer—reflecting on the myriad aspects of human existence.

Within the last decade the latter 30hour increments have involved writing or editing textbooks and journal articles in geriatric medicine and emergency medicine and designing continuing education seminars for specialists in those fields. They now also involve preparing the first issue of Ambulatory Medicine Letter—a newsletter for primary care physicians scheduled to debut in December.

But his colleagues in medicine are only one sector of Bosker's audience. Since


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