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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Division of Health Care Services Committee on the Future of Primary Care.

Primary care: America's health in a new era/Molla S. Donaldson … [et al.], editors; Committee on the Future of Primary Care Services, Division of Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine.

p. cm

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-05399-4

1. Primary health care—United States. I. Donaldson, Molla S. II. Title.

[DNLM: 1. Primary Health Care—United States. W 84.6 I587p 1996]

RA427.9.I56 1996

362.1'0973—dc20

DNLM/DLC 96-25823

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Copyright 1996 by the National Academy of Sciences.

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