Principles of Generalist Health Care

  • Robert B. Taylor


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.


Office Visit Family Practice Academic Medical Center National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Generalist Health CARE 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Kimball HR, Young PR. A statement on the generalist physician from the American Boards of Family Practice and Internal Medicine. JAMA 1994; 271:315–6.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Wartman SA, Wilson M, Kahn N. The generalist health work force: issues and goals. J Gen Intern Med 1994;9(Suppl 1):S7–S13.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Rivo ML. Division of Medicine Update. Washington, DC: USPHS Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions. Summer, 1992.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Balint M. The doctor, his patient and the illness. New York: International Universities Press, 1957.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Schappert SM. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 1991 summary. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 1992.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    AAMC policy on the generalist physician. Acad Med 1993;68(1):1–6.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Council on Graduate Medical Education. Fourth report to Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary. Washington, DC: U.S. Public Health Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, 1994.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Starfield B, Simpson L. Primary care as part of US health services reform. JAMA 1993;269:3136–9.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Taylor RB, Burdette JA, Camp L, Edwards J. Purpose of the medical encounter: identification and influence on process and outcome in 200 encounters in a model family practice center. J Fam Pract 1980;10:495–500.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Walling AD. The legacy of migraine. J Fam Pract 1994;38:629–30.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    White KL, Williams F, Greenberg B. Ecology of medical care. N Engl J Med 1961:265:885–91.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Taylor RB. Family medicine: principles and practice, 1st edition. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1978.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Tarlov AR, Ware JE, Greenfield S. The medical outcomes study: an application of methods for monitoring the results of medical care. JAMA 1989;262: 925–30.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Hull R. Just a GP. Oxford, England: Radcliff, 1994.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert B. Taylor

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations