Classics in Family Medicine Articles

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American Medical Association. Ad Hoc Committee on Education for Family Practice. Council on Medical Education. Meeting the Challenge of Family Practice. Chicago: American Medical Association, 1966. (Also known as the "Willard Report")

Barnett, Lewis. "Carving an Undergraduate Curriculum in Family Practice" (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 1:3/4:20-22, Nov/Dec 1974].(3 page PDF)

Bland, Carole J., et al. "Developing an Objective Based Curriculum for a Family Practice Residency" (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 4(1):103-110, 1977].(8 page PDF)

Bodenheimer, T.; Wagner, E.H.; Grumbach, K. "Improving primary care for patients with chronic illness." JAMA 2002 1775:35.

Citizens Commission on Graduate Medical Education. The Graduate Education of Physicians. Chicago: American Medical Association, 1966. (Also known as the "Millis Report").(65 page PDF)

Clendening, Logan. "Has the Specialist Failed?" Outlook and Independent, July 10, 1929, pp. 409-411, 438.

Colwill, JM. "Where have all the Primary Care Applicants Gone?" NEJM 1992 Feb 6;326(6):387-93.(7 page PDF)

Curry, Hiram B. "Phoenix in Flight - All Systems Go!" (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in JAMA 1972 Nov; 222:7 821-826].

Curtis, Peter and John Rogers. "Continuity of Care in a Family Practice Residency Program" (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 8(5): 975-980, 1979].(5 page PDF)

Darley, Ward. "The Family Physician of the Future: Fact or Fiction?" (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in J Med Educ 1961;36:142-149].

Dietrich, A.J.; Goldberg, H. "Preventive Content of Adult Primary Care: Do Generalists and Subspecialists Differ?" Am J Public Health 1984 223.(5 page PDF)

Frame, P.S.; Carlson, S.J. "A Critical Review of Periodic Health Screening using Specific Screening Criteria. Part 1: Selected Diseases of Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Central Nervous Systems." J Fam Pract 1975 Feb;2(1):29-36.(8 page PDF)

Geyman, John P. "Family Practice in Evolution: Progress, Problems, and Projections." (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in NEJM 298:593-601, 1978].(9 page PDF)

Geyman, John P. "Graduate Education in Family Practice: A Ten-Year View" (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 9(5):859-871, 1979].(13 page PDF)

Geyman, John P. and Thomas C. Brown. "A Network Model for Decentralized Family Practice Residency Training" (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 3(6):621-627, 1976].(11 page PDF)

Geyman, John P. "Research in the Family Practice Residency Program" (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 5(2):245-248, 1977].(4 page PDF)

Green, Larry A. et al. "The Ecology of Medical Care Revisited." NEJM 2001 June 28; 344(26): 2021-5.

Green, Larry A. et al. "A Family Medicine Information System: The Beginning of a Network for Practicing and Resident Family Physicians" (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 7(3):567-576, 1978].(10 page PDF)

Heath, I.; Sweeney, K. "Medical Generalists: Connecting the Map and the Territory." BMJ December 17, 2005 1462:330.(233 KB PDF)

Institute of Medicine. Primary Care: America's Health in a New Era. Ed. by Donaldson, M.S.; Yordy, K.D.; Lohr, K.N.; Vanselow, N.A. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 1996.

Leaman, Thomas L. et al. "Graduate Education in Family Practice" (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 5(1):47-61, 1977].(15 page PDF)

Leaman, Thomas L. "Undergraduate Education in Family Medicine: A Ten-Year Perspective" (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 9:5:845-854, 1979].(12 page PDF)

Lynch, David A. "Obstetrics in Family Practice: A Model for Residency Training" (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 7(4):723-730, 1978].(8 page PDF)

Martin, J.C.; Avant, R.F.; Bowman, M.A.; Bucholtz, J.R.; Dickinson, J.C.; Evans, K.L.; et al. Future of Family Medicine Project Leadership Committee. "The Future of Family Medicine: A Collaborative Project of the Family Medicine Community." Ann Fam Med March-April 2004 2 Suppl 1:S3-32.(30 page PDF)

McWhinney, Ian R. "Family Medicine as a Science." (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 7(1):53-58, 1978].(6 page PDF)

McWhinney, Ian R. "Family Medicine in Perspective." (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in NEJM 293:176-181, 1975].(6 page PDF)

McWhinney, Ian R. "General Practice as an Academic Discipline" (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in Lancet 1966 Feb;419-423].

McWhinney, I.R. "Why we need a new clinical method." In: Stewart, M.; Brown, J.B.; Weston, W.W., et al., eds. Patient-centered Medicine: Transforming the Clinical Method. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1995: 1-18.

Peabody, Francis W. "The Care of the Patient." JAMA, March 19, 1927, pp. 877-882.

Peabody, Francis W. "The Public and the General Practitioner." (in Doctor and Patient: Papers on the Relationship of the Physician to Men and Institutions. New York: Macmillan, 1930).

Pellegrino, Edmund D. "The Academic Viability of Family Medicine: A Triad of Challenges." (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in JAMA 1978 July;240:2:132-135].

Phillips, R.L. Jr. et al. "Health is Primary: Family Medicine for America's Health." Ann Fam Med Oct 2014; 12 Suppl 1:S1-S12. 

Phillips, Ted J., et al. "Family Physician Pathway and Medical Student Career Choice" (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in JAMA 1978 Oct;240:16:1736-1741].

Pickles, W.N. "Epidemiology in the Yorkshire Dales." Practitioner 1955 Jan;174(1039): 76-87.

Rabinowitz, HK. "A program to recruit and educate medical students to practice family medicine in underserved areas." JAMA 1983;249:1038-1041.

Rabinowitz, HK; Diamond, JJ; Markham, FW; Hazelwood, CE. "A program to increase the number of family physicians in rural and underserved areas: impact after 22 years." JAMA 1999;281:255-260.

Safran, D.G. "Defining primary care: what can we learn from patients?" Ann Intern Med 2003 248:43.

Saultz, J.W.; Lochner, J. "Interpersonal Continuity of Care and Care Outcomes: A Critical Review." Ann Fam Med March 2005 159:295.(8 page PDF)

Scherger, Joseph E. "A Medical Student's Perspective on Preceptors in Family Practice" (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 2:3:201-203, 1975.(5 page PDF)

Smith, C. Kent, et al. "Early Ambulatory Experience in the Undergraduate Education of Family Physicians." (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 5:2:227-231, 1977.(5 page PDF)

Stange, K.C.; Zyzanski, S.J.; Jaen, C.R.; Callahan, E.J.; Kelly, R.B.; Gillanders, W.R.; Shank, J.C.; Chao, J.; Medalie, J.H.; Miller, W.L.; Crabtree, B.F.; Flocke, S.A.; Gilchrist, V.J.; Langa, D.M.; Goodwin, M.A. "Illuminating the 'Black Box': A Description of 4454 Patient Visits to 138 Family Physician." J Fam Pract 1998 377:26.(13 page PDF)

Starfield, B.; Shi, L.; Grover, A.; Macinko, J.; "The effects of specialist supply on populations' health: Assessing the evidence." Health Aff 2005 97:284.

Starfield, B.F.; Shi, L.F.; Macinko, J. "Contribution of primary care to health systems and health." Milbank Quarterly 2005 457:3.

Stephens, G.Gayle. "Family Medicine as Counterculture." Fam Med 1989; 21:103-9.(7 page PDF)

Stephens, G. Gayle. The Intellectual Basis of Family Practice. Tucson, AZ: Winter Pub. Co.; Kansas City, MO: Co-sponsored and distributed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation, 1982.(13 page PDF)

Stern, Thomas L. and G. Maureen Chaisson. "The Residency Assistance Program in Family Practice" (in Archives of Family Practice 1981) [Originally published in J Fam Pract 5(3):379-381, 1977].(3 page PDF)

White, K.; Williams, T.; Greenberg, B. "The Ecology of Medical Care." NEJM 1961 885:140-144.(19 page PDF)

Willard, William R. and C.H. William Ruhe. "The Challenge of Family Practice Reconsidered" (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in JAMA 1978 Aug;240:5:454-458]

Wilson, Vernon. "Specialist in Family Practice - Prototype of a Doctor" (in Archives of Family Practice 1980) [Originally published in GP/AFP x1:1:151-157 1969].(7 page PDF)

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