Health Care: Pressure for Change

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New Era in Health Care

Innovative Service Changing Profession

The family doctor, carrying his black bag on house calls and caring for everything from mother's delivery to junior's measles, has long been a thing of the past. The tools of his trade grew so in size and complexity after World War II that house calls became all but out of the question. No matter how ill, most patients must get to a doctor's office, clinic or hospital for diagnosis and treatment. Once there, the patient is likely to be treated by doctors he has never met. The trusted, if somewhat paternalistic, family physician has been replaced by a myriad of specialists whose interests appear confined to individual organ systems and methods of treatment.

But recent trends indicate ...

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