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March 7, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(10):764-765. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660360046022

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Qualifications of Specialists  In the medical press and at medical gatherings there has been much discussion of late as to what should constitute the qualifications of medical specialists. A desire has been manifested to take some action to prevent physicians from announcing themselves as specialists in a given branch of medicine before they have had the necessary training that would entitle them so to proclaim themselves. Physicians who lack adequate experience have been referred to as "six-week specialists," because, not infrequently, practicing physicians launch out as specialists after taking a six weeks' course in some special subject. There have been repeated demands that physicians be required to pass a special examination before they are accorded the right to proclaim themselves specialists in any given branch of medicine. Such demands have not, however, met with general approval. In view of the increasing importance of this question, it came up for discussion

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