December 9, 1968


JAMA. 1968;206(11):2437-2456. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150110007003

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What's A Clinical Convention  ?This issue of Medical News is devoted entirely to the American Medical Association's 22nd Clinical Convention, held last week in Miami Beach.In contrast to most large medical gatherings—last week's meeting drew some 15,000 physicians—the clinical meeting is a time for postgraduate education and evaluation of recent clinical techniques.The emphasis at this convention is on the germane, rather than the new.Although the meeting's speakers come from throughout the United States, an effort is made to hold the sessions in a different section of the nation each year. Since 1964, when the AMA last met in Miami Beach, the Clinical Convention has been held in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Houston. The 1969 meeting will take place in Denver.Readers will find fresh insight into old problems in the accompanying pages. Given the current, intellectually exciting emphasis on basic science and heroic clinical procedures, a Clinical