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February 27, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(9):749-750. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730350063022

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Regulations Concerning Use of the Term "Specialist"  During the deliberations of the Vienna chamber of physicians, last year, Dr. Sonnenfeld presented a communication in which he explained the present regulations concerning the assumption by physicians in Austria of the title of "specialist." At present there are no legal regulations bearing on the right to assume and use the title of specialist in the republic of Austria. Only with regard to the admission of physicians to the krankenkassen having free choice of physician has any regulation of the specialist problem been attempted. As affecting the contracts between the organization of the medical profession and the krankenkassen, the following regulation obtains: "Only such physicians who, following a special course of training, confine their practice to a special branch of medicine are entitled, in principle, to announce themselves as specialists. Such physicians are recognized by the economic organization of physicians as specialists and

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