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When the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals first began its work in 1905, the place of the technician in medicine was not significant. Today there are technicians of many varieties. A partial list includes clinical laboratory technicians, x-ray technicians, occupational therapy technicians, physical therapy technicians, hydrotherapy technicians, dietetic technicians, anesthetic technicians, dental technicians and many others. These professions, auxiliary to the practice of medicine, have grown up as the need for their services became apparent. Obviously their growth was uncontrolled and unstandardized since the exact need had not in itself been defined and since the new technical discoveries on which their services depend had not yet been even partially developed. Now, however, the significance of these auxiliary professions is becoming apparent. For that reason the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals in response to resolutions coming through the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association has undertaken an
TECHNICIANS. JAMA. 1936;107(9):716. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770350084016