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January 1, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;110(1):50-51. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790010052015

THE FUTURE OF PATHOLOGY  In his presidential address before the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Kracke1 reviewed some of the principal factors that affect pathology as a specialty and may influence it in the future. Perhaps the most important element entering into its future is its economic status. Most pathologists today, he points out, are employed on either a part time or a full time salary basis. Many hospital executives seem to hold the view that the department of pathology is merely another administrative unit and fail to realize its place as a highly specialized professional activity. The proposed provision of laboratory service by various governmental agencies needs, Kracke believes, careful consideration. Although in most instances such services have been highly successful and satisfactory, the effect of the socialization of laboratory and pathologic procedures on other aspects of medical care has not been given sufficient thought. Such changes may

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