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Genecialist manifesto: overcoming the “class struggle” in medicine

Authors Iwata K

Received 12 February 2013

Accepted for publication 4 March 2013

Published 11 April 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 221—226

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJGM.S43940

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Kentaro Iwata

Division of Infectious Diseases, Kobe University Hospital, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Abstract: Generalists and specialists are often considered two completely distinct species, which culminates in the establishment of a concept of dichotomy. However, these dichotomy can at times fuel tension and even erupt into open conflict. In order to resolve this issue, the author herein proposes the concept of a “genecialist.” The genecialist refers to a hybrid comprising elements inherent to both generalists and specialists. This potentially overcomes the multitude of issues associated with both generalists and specialists in the practical aspects of medicine. The coalescence of these two contrarieties may hold the key to improving the future of health care. Mediating and integrating both categories into one consolidated entity carries the potential to stem the tide of class warfare between generalists and specialists.

Keywords: genecialist, aufheben, generalist, specialist, asymmetry

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