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HISTORY OF MEDICINE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-25

Dr. Ian R McWhinney: The father of academic family medicine


Department of Family Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Kirubah Vasandhi David
Department of Family Medicine, Schell Eye Campus, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Arni Road, Vellore - 632 001, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_4_18

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Dr. Ian R McWhinney is well known to most family doctors as the father of academic family medicine (FM). He outlined the philosophical basis, principles, and knowledge of this clinical discipline. He started the very first academic department of FM located at the University of Western Ontario in 1968. He was instrumental in transforming FM worldwide by his visionary writings and research. In collaboration with a group of gifted colleagues, he advanced this discipline from an unknown subject into an academic one with a distinct clinical method and undergraduate and graduate courses. He was renowned for this great empathy, patient-centeredness, and inspired teaching.


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