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May 24, 1958


JAMA. 1958;167(4):471-472. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990210057012

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SAFEGUARDING M.D. CREDENTIALS  Come H-bomb or high water, physicians everywhere will be able to prove their qualifications, under a medical credentials program to be launched at the A. M. A. Annual Meeting next month. The first applications for placing medical credentials in well-protected repositories will be accepted at the World Medical Association's booth in the A. M. A. Scientific Exhibit at San Francisco, from June 23 to 27. At least two repository sites in different parts of the world are contemplated in case one is wiped out in war or other catastrophe.Doctors will fill out the detailed application blanks in triplicate, attaching passport-type photographs and their thumb prints. These, along with copies of medical school and licensure credentials, will be sent to the WMA secretariat in New York City. There, each set of data will be assigned a file number for the registered physician, and will be stored in

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