In exercising the Chairman's prerogative this afternoon I wish to address the Section on certain activities and impacts of the American Board of Internal Medicine. I feel impelled to discuss this topic because of certain rather widespread misunderstandings that have arisen about the board. As one of the two co-sponsoring organizations this Section must obviously have a deep interest in the board's policies and activities; hence I am sure you will appreciate the reasons for my choice of this subject. What I shall have to say represents my own information and views as an individual member of the board; nevertheless, it is a pleasure to state that the other members have been kind enough to read this paper and approve of its being presented to you today.
The first of the misunderstandings to which I referred a moment ago relates to the constitution and degree of autonomy of the board.
WATSON CJ. SOME ACTIVITIES AND IMPACTS OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE: Chairman's Address. JAMA. 1948;138(4):257–260. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900040001001
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