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“Family practice is comprehensive medical care with particular emphasis on the family unit, in which the physician’s continuing responsibility for health care is limited neither by the patient’s age or sex nor by a particular organ system or disease entity. Family Practice is the specialty in breadth which builds upon a core of knowledge derived from other disciplines - drawing most heavily on internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery and psychiatry - and which establishes a cohesive unit, combining the behavioral sciences with the traditional biological and clinical sciences. The core of knowledge encompassed by the discipline of family practice prepares the family physician for a unique role in patient management, problem solving, counseling and as a personal physician who coordinates total health care delivery.”

- Definition of Family Practice as adopted by the 1975 AAFP Congress of Delegates