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September 2, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(10):789-790. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350047020

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Protest Against Diplomas for Specialists  Medical opinion is aroused, especially in the syndicates, over the suggestion of certain officials with reference to the granting of diplomas for the various specialties. The suggestion is that, in addition to the diploma of doctor of medicine, there be established doctorates of surgery, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, stomatology, electroradiology and psychiatry. There are already certificates awarded by the Faculté de médecine to doctors who have pursued special courses of instruction; but they have no value other than to give some advantage in securing official positions. It is evident, as has been emphasized by the Féderation des Syndicats médicaux de la Seine, that such a division of the doctor's diploma would give the unfortunate impression that the single doctor's diploma does not furnish the public a guaranty of competence for all cases coming under the heads of the various specialties. Especially in the homes of the well-to-do,

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