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Physicians have long recognized the need for continuing education throughout professional life in order to render the best possible medical care to their patients and to their communities. During recent years this need has become increasingly apparent, for advances in medical knowledge have occurred with such rapidity that even the best preparation for the practice of medicine would soon become inadequate without continuous revision of older concepts and addition of new information. This is equally true whether the physician is in the general practice of medicine or restricts his practice to one of the specialty areas. The vast field of medical literature is constantly expanding, and no physician through his individual efforts could possibly keep abreast of it all.
Over the years various means of continuing medical education have developed. They include such methods as reading current literature, professional contacts between physicians and their colleagues in medicine and allied fields,
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