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Pediatrics to 'Young Adult' Medicine?

Pediatrics to 'Young Adult' Medicine? Abstract Sir.—Dr McAnarney1 forsees an increasing oversupply of pediatricians. I agree with her. She suggests that some pediatricians shift to geriatric medicine. I disagree with this and instead suggest an alternative closer to her own subspecialty—the medical care of those between their late teens and 30s ("young adults"). I base this recommendation on my experience with this group in private practice from 1978 through 1985 and on demographic and epidemiologic data and projections. Consider the following: (1) Young adults are numerous, but no physician group focuses particularly on them; (2) they are the most logical focus for preventive health measures; (3) the medical problems they have are by and large the same as those of the adolescent or older child; (4) pediatricians have the greatest experience of any group in dealing with these persons, since they more commonly visit a physician as parents than as patients; and (5) the References 1. McAnarney ER: Pediatrics to geriatrics? AJDC 1986;140:866. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Pediatrics to 'Young Adult' Medicine?

Pediatrics to 'Young Adult' Medicine?

Abstract

Abstract Sir.—Dr McAnarney1 forsees an increasing oversupply of pediatricians. I agree with her. She suggests that some pediatricians shift to geriatric medicine. I disagree with this and instead suggest an alternative closer to her own subspecialty—the medical care of those between their late teens and 30s ("young adults"). I base this recommendation on my experience with this group in private practice from 1978 through 1985 and on demographic and epidemiologic data and...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1987 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460060016002
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Abstract

Abstract Sir.—Dr McAnarney1 forsees an increasing oversupply of pediatricians. I agree with her. She suggests that some pediatricians shift to geriatric medicine. I disagree with this and instead suggest an alternative closer to her own subspecialty—the medical care of those between their late teens and 30s ("young adults"). I base this recommendation on my experience with this group in private practice from 1978 through 1985 and on demographic and epidemiologic data and projections. Consider the following: (1) Young adults are numerous, but no physician group focuses particularly on them; (2) they are the most logical focus for preventive health measures; (3) the medical problems they have are by and large the same as those of the adolescent or older child; (4) pediatricians have the greatest experience of any group in dealing with these persons, since they more commonly visit a physician as parents than as patients; and (5) the References 1. McAnarney ER: Pediatrics to geriatrics? AJDC 1986;140:866.

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1987

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