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May 29, 1937

"RELATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TO CERTIFICATION OF SPECIALISTS"-Reply

JAMA. 1937;108(22):1908. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780220065023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Dr. Heyd does not seem to feel that there is any real threat by the special boards toward limitation of the field of medical practice. In proof of the existence of this danger I should like to quote from the pamphlet issued by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, sixth issue, September 1936:Page 6: "Each applicant, before he shall become eligible to receive such certificate or other evidence of recognition... (d) must assure the Board that he is limiting his practice to obstetrics and (or) gynecology and that he intends to continue to do so;..." (italics in original).Page 7: "The Board has ruled that physicians who accept male patients in their private or other practice, for operative or other care, cannot be regarded as specialists in obstetrics and gynecology."If the special boards can limit the physician's practice in one direction they can do so in another. And if the ultimate aims of the special boards are achieved, to wit, to have only diplomates of the various certifying boards accepted on the staffs

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