February 2, 1952


Author Affiliations

President Rochester, Minn.
Secretary Madison, Wis.

JAMA. 1952;148(5):397. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930050069022

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To the Editor:—  In order to clarify certain misconceptions based on unfounded rumors concerning the Qualification Board of the International College of Surgeons, it is our desire to reemphasize the functions of our examining body.The qualifying examinations we established in 1946, are in no way intended to invade the province of the American Boards of Surgery or any other national board. These rigid examinations have been created for the specific purpose of establishing the qualifications of those applying for membership in the International College of Surgeons exclusively. At no time has the International College of Surgeons been in competition with any surgical organization. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of our fellows are also members of other existing boards and organizations approved by the American Medical Association and the Advisory Board for Medical Specialties.

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