The importance of primary care for theoretical medicine: A commentary

Howard Brody

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Froom and Froom all attention to referral bias as a frequent cause for misinterpreting the medical literature. This is particularly a source of false certainty, and therefore false science, in U.S. practice, where referral centers are often seen as the only legitimate source of medical knowledge and where primary care is discounted as a source of scientific observations. Appreciation of the primary care setting is therefore a critical element in theoretical understanding of medical epistemology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-263
Number of pages3
JournalTheoretical Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • primary care
  • referrals
  • selection bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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