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What do primary care doctors do?

“Fifty years ago, people died of their first major illness because we didn’t know as much,” Janet Pregler, M.D., director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center, says. “Today, people often live a long time with several medical problems and need coordinated care by one physician with general knowledge about many health conditions. That’s what primary-care doctors do.”

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