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A doption of a statement calling cigaret smoking a hazard to health, approval of an AMAsponsored national accreditation system for continuing education programs for physicians, and adoption of a resolution opposing racial discrimination in state and county medical societies were among major actions of the American Medical Association House of Delegates during the AMA's 113th Annual Convention held June 21 through 25 in San Francisco.
Donovan Ward, MD, Dubuque, Iowa, was chosen AMA President-Elect by the house. Ward will take office in June, 1965 as successor to Norman A. Welch, MD, Boston, who was inaugurated on June 23.
The House adopted a statement which said that the AMA "is on record and does recognize a significant relationship between cigaret smoking and the incidence of lung cancer and certain other diseases, and that cigaret smoking is a serious health hazard."
It recommended that the AMA develop programs to disseminate health education
Cigaret Smoking Called Hazardous to Health; Discrimination in Medical Societies Opposed. JAMA. 1964;189(1):A26. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070010086040