Since its founding, the American Medical Association has been actively engaged in the assessment and dissemination of new medical knowledge and new technologies. About two years ago, the Council on Scientific Affairs of the AMA recommended to its Board of Trustees that a plan be developed for establishing a mechanism within the AMA to briefly and promptly answer questions that might arise on the safety and effectiveness of medical technologies. The Board of Trustees of the AMA approved that idea. A plan was then developed and has now finally been implemented.
It is important to put the new effort in context. The Council on Scientific Affairs of the AMA has for years been preparing reports for the profession on many areas of medical technology that have been of substantive interest to the public and the medical profession because of their unique popularity or their controversial nature. In the past four
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