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May 28, 1955

THE BASIS OF HIGH STANDARDS OF MEDICAL CARE

JAMA. 1955;158(4):253-254. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960040011003
Abstract

From the earliest periods in the history of mankind of which we have records, there has been a field of human endeavor that has dealt with the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This became known as the field of medicine and those undertaking careers in it as doctors of medicine. As early as the 12th century, it was recognized that it was in the interest of the public good that those entering upon such careers should meet certain qualifications and be licensed. Thus, medical education in some form became a requirement for those seeking the right to practice.

WORK OF ORGANIZATIONS  A year ago, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Council on Medical Education, I pointed with pride to the great advances in medical education that have occurred in the United States through the efforts of the Council and the Association of American Medical Colleges in elevating

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