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April 20, 1946


Author Affiliations

Chairman, Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association Stanford University, Calif.

JAMA. 1946;130(16):1055-1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870160001001

Education has advanced in our republic steadily but unevenly along a very wide front. The differences in economic strength of the various states have made this unevenness of advance especially noticeable in some of the professional fields, particularly in medicine, which for the most part flourishes best in the large centers of population.

In medicine it has been demonstrated that it is possible for a profession organized by county and state, as well as nationally, to have a profound influence on all medical schools, hospitals and educational institutions throughout the nation and also to stimulate legislation by states requiring qualifying examinations and the registration of properly trained professional personnel. All of this has been done chiefly through the cooperation of willing members of the profession and the earnest desire to raise and maintain high standards of professional achievement. It has been done by the physicians themselves, without the power of

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