Principles of Generalist Health Care
This first chapter in the book is about caring for patients—as distinct from diseases or organs—and the generalists who provide personal health care. It is about the baby with a fever, the teenager with concerns about sexually transmitted disease, the laborer with back pain, and the manager with heartburn. It is about home visits to the young man with the flu and nursing home care of the elderly woman with a stroke—and about how these illnesses affect their lives and the lives of those close to them. Because such care is, to a great degree, a characteristic of the individual physician, I have written this chapter in the first person.
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