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September 6, 1985

History of the American College of Physicians: Executive Perspectives

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore

JAMA. 1985;254(9):1227-1228. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360090119037

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One of the reasons it has been so difficult to write about medical history of the 20th century is that the incredible amounts of material and the rapidity of developments have made organization difficult. This is all too well illustrated by this very useful compilation of the affairs of the American College of Physicians between 1959 and 1977, the 18-year period of Dr Rosenow's tenure as executive director.

Contained in his 400-page book is a wealth of important material for anyone interested in the activities of one of our most important professional assocations. Here are facts and figures and positions of the College on many issues, trends, and reflections. Because of the sheer amount of material, it is not a book one can easily read through. But in reading it, one may learn much.

Just one example, for instance, concerns the College's response to the pressures for more primary medical