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Introduction: The Doctor Is Out

Frederick M. Barken

in Out of Practice: Fighting for Primary Care Medicine in America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449765
eISBN:
9780801460609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449765.003.0001
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This book argues that primary care medicine in the United States is in crisis. Drawing on personal experience from the perspective of a solo practitioner of primary care, the book reflects on ... More


Poly-Doctoring: A Doctor for Every Disease

Frederick M. Barken

in Out of Practice: Fighting for Primary Care Medicine in America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449765
eISBN:
9780801460609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449765.003.0005
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter comments on some of the problems associated with “poly-doctoring,” the excessive and expensive referral to multiple specialists. It discusses four scenarios that indicate the rationale ... More


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