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July 27, 1963


JAMA. 1963;185(4):314-315. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060040098031

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It may be well to begin this discussion with a translation of its title, "not for ourselves but for medicine," which is the traditional motto of the Council on Drugs. With this third annual Therapeutic Number of The Journal, the Council continues its attempt periodically to review some of the more pressing problems facing the medical profession and its individual practitioners.

Problems there are and always will be in a complex, ever more rapidly developing discipline. Among the most important of these problems in medicine is that of the physician's continuing education. Perhaps more than any other professional man, the physician, even though he has completed his internship and residency, is not a finished product. He must take time from his busy life to keep abreast of new developments or, within a few years, his knowledge will be obsolescent. In the lead article of this issue (p. 233), Dowling discusses

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