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December 4, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(14):1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950140033013

The acute nationwide shortage of pathologists, and especially of persons trained for research in this important branch of medical science, recently led to the adoption of a plan of action to relieve this situation. At a symposium held in Washington under the sponsorship of the study section in pathology of the United States Public Health Service the causes of this shortage were examined and recommendations were made for its alleviation.1 Although it appears that many factors have contributed to the situation, not all of which are readily correctable, it was agreed that certain steps should be undertaken immediately to recruit additional workers in the field. Perhaps the first of these is to stress the indispensability of the pathologist in the investigation of most problems relating to the cause and nature of disease.

Feldman has defined the academic pathologist as "one possessing competent knowledge of the structural, chemical, and functional

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