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Origin of the Physician Assistant Movement in the United States

Origin of the Physician Assistant Movement in the United States

This paper, as its title states, discusses the circumstances and thinking that preceded and led to the creation of the role of the physician assistant in the United States. Social activism and changes in the 1960's combined with the returning numbers of skilled but uncertified Army medics from Vietnam and the willingness of the Federal government to buttress the American health care worforce set the stage for this substantial addition and change...

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