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The first edition of the directory was published in 1939. The second edition contains information in regard to eighteen thousand physicians who have applied for and have been granted certification by the various specialty boards. It is impossible to state how many qualified specialists in the country have not sought such certification and are therefore not included in the directory. The directory cannot be considered as providing a complete list of all qualified specialists in the various fields of medical specialties. However, the fact that the new edition contains four thousand additions since the publication of the first edition is an indication of the respect which the profession has for certification by the various specialty boards. The greater portion of the directory is devoted to a geographic listing of the specialists certified, a special section being devoted to each of the specialty boards. Rather complete biographic information is given with
Directory of Medical Specialists Certified by American Boards, 1942. Published for the Advisory Board for Medical Specialties. JAMA. 1942;119(11):915. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830280061027