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Specialists and generalists

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:388
  1. Douglas Carnall (
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    In Britain most people recognise that we need both specialist and generalist physicians because patients refuse to specialise, often having the temerity to complain of problems that transgress specialty boundaries. In this week's BMJ two articles attempt a modern definition of the general practitioner, which in many countries means merely “not a specialist.”

    Problems of definition can …

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