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May 29, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(22):1907-1908. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780220065022

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To the Editor:—  I agree with Dr. Bucy that the purpose of the special boards is to certify that a given individual is a competent practitioner in a special field. The assumption of specialistic training by any practitioner of medicine without first being willing to submit his credentials as to his special training is incompatible with his responsibility to society. If a physician seeks to be registered as a specialist he must prove his competence in a special field; but I do not think one can read into my article any curtailment of the rights of physicians to practice medicine or surgery.I can see no reason why a gastro-enterologist, either certified or not certified, would be prevented from taking care of a patient with coronary disease, whether that patient came to him as a sufferer from indigestion or not. Here the question involved is an ethical one as to

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