December 6, 1958


JAMA. 1958;168(14):1901. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000140063016

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A. M. A. DIRECTORY  In the 1958 American Medical Directory there appears for the first time an attempt to delineate the type of practice. Categories are provided for "General Practice," "Full-time Specialists," "Parttime Specialists," etc., through 12 categories.Confusion has been caused by the category referred to on page 9 of the Directory as "Full-time Hospital Staff—T. O. P. 5 Paid house officers who assist in conducting the professional work of the hospital, directly relating to the care and management of patients." In several respects, this wording is unfortunate. Many physicians who should have been classified as "full-time specialists" or "full-time medical school" or under some other classification, have been listed under T. O. P. 5.A revision has been sent to all the owners of the 1958 Directory, which substitutes the following paragraph for the present T. O. P. 5:"FULL-TIME STAFF IN HOSPITALS— T.

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