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August 22, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(8):549-552. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770340001001

A wide diversity of opinion exists among the members of the American Medical Association as to what disease or group of diseases may constitute a specialty; this nonagreement is particularly marked in the case of diseases of the abdominal organs.

In any field it is essential that there should be a number of men thoroughly trained in every detail and keen not only to keep abreast of all advances in research but also to make original contributions in clinical and laboratory studies. A body of such specialists whose advice is avaliable to practitioners lacking opportunity for comprehensive study in that line of work is not only invaluable but indispensable.

It is my intention to set forth in this paper my own considered opinion as to what gastro-enterology as a distinct specialty involves, together with my ideals as to preparation for the handling of this branch of our profession, and progress

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