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The preoccupation of ophthalmologists and other specialists with their particular biologic domains usually precludes participation in the broader aspects of medicine. This is worrisome to responsible officers of the AMA. That specialization is necessary is acknowledged by recognition of specialty sections—there are now 22 such in the AMA—but the fear exists that the sectional allegiances of these specialists attenuates the effectiveness of the main corporate body.
Feeling that the AMA has failed somewhere, somehow to provide the cohesiveness for a united profession, the Board of Trustees recently called an all-day meeting of representatives of the scientific sections and of various medical specialty organizations with the Councils on Postgraduate Programs, Medical Education, Medical Service, and Legislative Activities, along with the Board of Trustees and Administrative staff. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the interrelationship of specialty organizations and the AMA as a whole. Much of this was highly informative
C. DG. The AMA and the Specialties. Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(6):763-764. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030765002