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November 12, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(20):1706. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740720060026

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Diplomas for Specialists  The question of diplomas for specialists is still far from a solution. One of the advocates of such diplomas has just published a study on the subject, from which the following abstract has been taken:If a diploma for specialists is to be considered, it must be recognized from the start that the privileges of the holder of a diploma of a doctor of medicine, surgery and obstetrics shall remain full and complete. The physician must retain the right to practice all the branches of the art of healing. But the medical sciences have grown so that it is impossible for one brain to encompass all the branches of medicine. The title itself of doctor of medicine, surgery and obstetrics is an anachronism and may easily lead to abuses. The physician is, however, always subject to the restraint of his medical conscience, which is by no means

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