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March 1964

Transactions of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(3):459-461. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280090145027

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There is a medical society abroad in the land which has given itself the almost unbelievably grotesque title of the "American Society for Artificial Internal Organs"—not for their study or development, but just "for" them. Its title does not suggest that it is a society to suppress. It is just one of the old pros. A name can be a handicap though, and internal medicine and internists with their strangely, almost accidentally, derived titles have no reason to complain about names. As time goes on we become accustomed to names. We accept them with never a thought. Happily few of us conjure up the vast unpleasantness connoted in a word like Liverpool. I hesitate to ask anyone to think of it. Well, anyhow, this society, and the fields of speculation and activity it has staked a claim to, are ablaze with activity; and each issue of the Transactions of the

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