Education in Oncology: Professional and Public
Oncology cannot be the sole province of a few highly specialized units. Neurosurgery can be a tight specialty because only a small percentage of the population will ever need the skills of the neurosurgeon. Even in this example the more common conditions of concussion, epilepsy, etc., are managed by the general physician, pediatrician, and surgeon who must be sufficiently familiar with the subject to make the correct decisions in the referral of patients to neurosurgical units and must be able to care for them after their discharge. A large minority of the population of this county will at some time in their lives contract an oncological disease (Registrar General, 1975) and it would be wrong to expect this vast amount of clinical material to be handled in this way.
KeywordsGeneral Surgeon Family Doctor Postgraduate Training Oncological Disease Registrar General
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