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February 18, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(7):511. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740070049025

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Is a University Professor a Specialist?  Dr. B. L. Gaston Forneth has been appointed director of the medical clinic of the Debreczen University, whereupon he applied to the municipal government to be registered as a specialist. As his application was in the form of an ordinary letter, the council requested him to send in the customary credentials. The professor replied that he desired to withdraw his application. Nevertheless, the city management enrolled him in the register of specialists, arguing that if one has been appointed the director of a university clinic for internal diseases he is certainly fit to be registered as a specialist. The city medical officer, Dr. Alexander Lang, however, appealed against the registration, saying that the professor did not have the two years clinical practice that the law prescribes. The City Council passed the appeal on to the Budapest ministry of health, with the remark that it

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