Farewell Marcus Welby... but is that so bad?
When I was growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the individual who epitomized the doctor’s doctor—the kind, compassionate, knowledgeable, and eminently trustworthy medical practitioner—was TV’s Marcus Welby. Well, you can’t talk to medical students today about Marcus Welby because they never heard of him. That’s not their fault, though. Today’s learning environments don’t stress an appreciation of the cultural history that shapes our medical encounters, perhaps because it is t