Medical education is placed on a firm scientific foundation, and the teaching faculty, in its entirety, consists of specialists. The basic sciences of bacteriology, physiology and pathology are revolutionized and technology begins to transform medicine. Abraham Flexnerâs report in 1920 completes the transformation by proposing broad reforms in graduate medical training. The result is the age of specialization during the first half of the 20th century. Rapid technological progress maximizes specialist prestige, emphasizes research skills and laboratory science at the expense of personal care and de-popularizes general practice as a career field. By the 1950s super-specialization occurs. The fabric of the doctor-patient relationship deteriorates further; lay discontent rises with widespread disenchantment with technology and the neglect of personalized care. Super-specialization in medicine produced a very good thing for science, but a very bad thing for the profession Birrer RB et al. The Complete Practitioner: The Role of a Family Physician.
The Journal of general practice (JGPR) is a peer-reviewed open access research journal designed to highlight the information on recent advancements in general practice, practice nursing and primary health care practice.
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