Jane Orient, M.D.

                            1601 N. Tucson Blvd., Suite 9
                                                               Tucson, Arizona 85716

                                                                     Phone: (520) 325-2689
Limited hours at 7598 N La Cholla

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About Specialization:

My specialty is internal medicine. Some 50 years ago, this was considered a real specialty, and internists were also called “diagnosticians.” With advancing knowledge and the development of procedures such as endoscopy, internal medicine became “balkanized” into subspecialties, and many general internists became gatekeepers or PCPs for insurers.

Subspecialization isn’t exactly new. Around 1880, Fyodor wrote this in his novel The Brothers Karamazov (Part Four, Book Eleven, Chapter 9):

I tell you, the old doctor who could cure you of every illness has all but vanished and you find nothing but specialists these days.... If you have something the matter with your nose, for instance, they’ll send you to Paris.... The specialist looks inside your nose and announces: Well, all right, I’ll take care of your right nostril, but I really don’t handle left nostrils; for that you’ll have to go to Vienna where there’s a really great left-nostril specialist.

It is not possible to be current on every uncommon or complex medical ailment that anyone might have. Therefore, I have decided to become a specialist in what I need to know to diagnose and advise those patients who choose to consult me. I might not even know what that is before I see you. And sometimes the most efficient course is to refer you immediately to a physician who is an expert in the appropriate area and capable of offering specialized procedures.

1601 N Tucson Blvd. #9
Tucson, AZ 85716
520 325-2689
520 326-3529 (f)