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November 12, 1960


JAMA. 1960;174(11):1529. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030110157018

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In the final report of the Committee to Study the Relationships of Medicine with Allied Health Professions and Services adopted by the House of Delegates in June, 1960, is the statement, "The rapidly changing pattern of medical care resulting from scientific and socioeconomic advances creates constantly expanding demands for a greater diversity of skills and abilities and for concomitant increases in the number of individuals in these specialized fields."

The physician has long recognized the significant contribution made by therapists and technicians to the care of his patient. It should be equally recognized that such contributions can be no greater than the training and abilities of the therapist or the technician. Since the ultimate responsibility of the care of the patient is that of the physician, he has, if for no other reason, a duty to actively support and afford leadership in elevating educational standards and professional competence of the

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