ALTHOUGH our specialty may take pride in L significant achievements in the past 16 years, only the boldest optimist would assert that all is well in the house of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Recruitment to the field is clearly lagging. Medical school deans and hospital boards of trustees are evidently listening preferentially to the hostile or disparaging comments of some of our brother specialists—for they are dragging their academic feet in establishing curriculum time and in providing physical facilities where our type of practice and teaching can flourish in a climate of mutual recognition and respect. Undoubtedly we must bear much of the onus for this situation, for we are confused and divided among ourselves as to what our identity and mission should be.
The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (then called the American Board of Physical Medicine) was established in 1947. Since the Board was established, 482
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