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December 12, 1959


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

From the Department of Pathology, the George Washington University School of Medicine, and the George Washington University Hospital.

JAMA. 1959;171(15):2065-2068. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010330027008

The history of the Section on Pathology and Physiology reveals changes of name and shifts of emphasis that reflect the developments in both sciences since 1859. The recognition of pathology as a specialty followed the development of microscopy, and the formal training of specialists in pathology began in 1886. The rapid developments of the past 50 years justify certain predictions as to the future. Laboratory tests, largely mechanized to increase accuracy and facilitate handling of results, will be adapted to extensive screening programs. Pathology, while maintaining its status as a basic science, will emphasize its application to patients in hospitals, and medical students will be more regularly assigned to clerkships in clinical pathology before beginning their regular ward service.