CHFM Announces New Publication: A Pocket History of Family Medicine

September 18, 2019


Dionne Pleasant
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The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) announced today a new publication, entitled A Pocket History of Family Medicine in the United States.

Colorful and richly illustrated, the small (8 ½” x 4”) 36-page “pocket” size booklet is designed to give a brief history of the specialty to family physicians, students, residents, and members of the public to help educate them on the history and evolution of family medicine.

“Throughout every era of U.S. history, general practitioners and family physicians have been on the front lines of the American health care system. Family medicine practitioners were signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, have served as governors, cabinet members, and congressmen; two have even served as U.S. surgeons general,” says Phyl Naragon, director of programs, American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. “The Pocket History is intended as a reminder of the important role family physicians have played as champions of health care through U.S. history.”

With generous support provided by gifts from the Franciscan Health Indianapolis Family Medicine Residency and Eli Lilly and Company to help fund the project, copies of the Pocket History are available for a suggested donation of twenty-five dollars to the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. All proceeds will go to the CHFM Endowment. The CHFM Endowment, a long-term growth fund, was established in 1998 with the goal of establishing the Center as a permanently self-supporting and self-sustaining entity within family medicine.

“The Pocket History is a great learning tool for medical students―and a great reminder to family physicians―of the proud legacy and heritage of the specialty,” says Naragon.

Housed at AAFP headquarters and administered by the non-profit AAFP Foundation, the Center for the History of Family Medicine serves as the principal resource center for the collection, conservation, study, exhibition, and dissemination of materials relating to the evolving history of the specialty of family medicine in the United States for the benefit of the specialty and the public. For more information on the Center, please contact Center staff via e-mail at or visit our web site at:

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