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October 31, 1977

Immunopathology: Hypersensitivity or Tolerance?

JAMA. 1977;238(18):1921-1923. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280190023019

A REQUEST by the American Board of Pathology to develop special competence certification in immunopathology was not acted on favorably by the Committee on Certification and Recertification of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The committee gave as its reason for this action that in their opinion, immunopathology was not a truly developing field of fundamental knowledge. They also stated that they thought that the field was too techniqueoriented. Furthermore, they indicated that they did not favor further proliferation of the special competence certificates of any kind.

It is our purpose to emphasize the investment that pathology, as a scientific discipline, has made in immunopathology and the contributions that it has made to modern basic immunologic knowledge. It also includes results from two recent surveys that indicate the scope of developments in this field at present and thus the timeliness of the special competence recognition. The surveys indicate that there