The history and development of family practice have been thoroughly described in Part I of this volume. The current status of family practice in the United States is inextricably bound to its social and cultural environment. The history of the specialty in a sense is a recapitulation of the history of American culture. A relatively small group of individuals, fiercely dedicated to a concept, engaged in tireless efforts to persuade others to support a set of ideals. These early progenitors were able to excite the imaginations of practicing professionals who had been spurned and denigrated by traditional specialists and denied influence in academic circles. In spite of these obstacles, the development of the specialty progressed; the major sources of support being the people they served and the medical students who could respect the ideals.
KeywordsAmerican Medical Association Family Physician Family Practice Liaison Committee Residency Review Committee
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