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New England better on primary care than most of US

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Ronald Pitkin, 84, remembers the day in the early 1960s when his brother Belmont got a gash in his leg while the two were cutting firewood. They went to the office of the town physician, Frank Corson.

Corson worked alone, and Pitkin was drafted to be assistant. ‘‘He told me ‘You’re going to have to scrub up.’ I was the operating room nurse that day.’’

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