The Evolution of the Physician's Assistant: Brownian Movement or Coordinated Progress

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  • This article by Louis Rousselot, MD, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health and Environment, appeared in the December 1971 issue of the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. The article describes the need for physician's assistants, the different types of PAs being trained, comparisons with the Russian feldsher, and the evolution of the concept during its first five years. Pitfalls are considered including upper mobility, delegation of tasks, liability and legislative concerns. The Department of Defense will train PAs in the US Air Force and Army and assess the acceptance and cost benefits to determine "if continuance of these programs are warranted."
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  • Clara Vanderbilt papers
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