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September 8, 1975


Author Affiliations

Editorial Board, JAMA
From the Department of Neurology, Cincinnati General Hospital, Ohio.

JAMA. 1975;233(10):1063-1064. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260100033014

THERE is a growing movement to recertify professionals, with the idea of protecting clientele. Despite those who find it easy to promulgate rules, there is no simple method for doing this in medicine. Much as the profession would like to contain the number of its inadequate members, techniques heretofore in vogue to qualify physicians will harass not only those doing the hard work of medicine but their patients in turn. This is not to say that methods should not be considered, but rather that they be drawn with the greatest care by those most concerned, and sampled in life situations before an attempt is made to apply them generally.

The mere fact that the MD degree is an open sesame compounds the problem. The work of physicians with patients is varied. Not all men are equally developed, and the techniques for recertification must be generous to accommodate persons of varying