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The recent General Assembly of the World Medical Association in Vienna left no doubt in the minds of those present of the need for physicians to realize that the practice of medicine is far greater in scope than ever before. No longer can the practitioner content himself with trying to keep informed on the newest drug, surgical technique, or diagnostic tool. He also must face the fact that medical problems occurring elsewhere in the world may some day confront him in his own practice in his part of the world. In addition, he must recognize the need for appreciating the rapidly growing general interest in sociologic problems bearing on medicine.
The World Medical Association is a young organization, its ninth General Assembly being held this year. However, it has become known throughout the world for its work, and national medical societies, including the American Medical Association, support its efforts. During
WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION MEETING IN VIENNA. JAMA. 1955;159(10):1020-1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960270040012