It is a tradition of the American Medical Association for the Chairman of a Section of the Scientific Assembly to convey a message to his Section on the occasion of the Annual Meeting. It is the prerogative of the Section Chairman to exercise free choice in the selection of a subject.
It is only within the recent past that the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation has been given long overdue recognition as an accredited medical specialty. Such recognition, gratifying as it is, carries with it increased responsibilities and definite obligations. It seems appropriate, therefore, at this time, to discuss certain obligations which confront us.
The obligations which physical medicine must meet fall into two categories: (1) those of immediate concern, the result of present circumstances, and (2) long range obligations which have developed insidiously, are of indefinite duration, and continuously tax us.
When the tranquility of our proverbially complacent
Piersol GM. THE PRESENT OBLIGATION OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION: CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1951;147(12):1093–1096. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670290001001
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