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August 16, 1930


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JAMA. 1930;95(7):463-464. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720070001001

There has been some criticism of the medical profession during the past twenty-five years for its tendency toward specialization; no comments are needed here as to why this has occurred. In this respect, medicine does not differ from engineering, chemistry, and to some extent the law. As far as the physical welfare of the patient is concerned, there is no doubt in my mind that it is better protected by specialization, especially with the increased efficiency in correlation. In my opinion, conditions could be still further enhanced by better bridging of the gap between the clinician and the research worker, and the much wider expanse that seems to exist in research between various special departments in our universities.

Today I expect to take full advantage of the prerogatives of the Chair to present a few thoughts that have interested me for a number of years and which were formulated and recorded

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