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The Challenges to Family Practice

  • Robert L. Kane


This chapter represents a slight departure from most of the others in this volume. A number of perplexing questions will be raised concerning the nature and the future of family practice in the context of the next higher level of classification, primary care. It is important at the outset to remind the reader that this is not intended as an academic exercise. If family practice is to move ahead as a specialty or a discipline, it must resolve issues like those raised. It must reject ambiguity and the obfuscation of sweet sounding, but hollow, slogans and pat phrases. This is the real challenge to family practice; it is also its great opportunity.


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