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barkenIthaca primary care physician Frederick Barken ’77, who retired at age 51, has written “Out of Practice: Fighting for Primary Care Medicine in America,” published by Cornell University Press, to explain why primary care medicine is in crisis. Barken critiques the “market model of medicine” and illustrates that the trend to specialize in medical education has shifted the foundation of medical practice. The very survival of primary care is in jeopardy, he says, just when its practitioners are needed more than ever. Barken offers a host of solutions.

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