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September 13, 1930


Author Affiliations

From the Division of Surgery, the Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1930;95(11):765-766. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720110001001

The trend of present-day medical education is toward scientific medicine and specialization. This is probably not altogether due to a desire on the part of a majority of physicians to limit their field of practice but is the natural reaction on their part to a demand made by the public. The natural result of specialization has been to increase the cost of adequate medical attention, and this works a real hardship on persons of moderate means. Before it can be said that this change is a definite advance, it must be possible to prove that better treatment is afforded the majority of the sick and afflicted than would be possible under general practitioners, medical consultants and general surgeons.

Until recently, a medical graduate was considered competent to treat manner of ills, and only in obscure and complicated cases would a consultation be considered necessary. The result of such a system

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