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August 8, 1966


JAMA. 1966;197(6):505-506. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110060179028

A major thrust for continuing medical education lies immediately ahead as a result of last year's federal health legislation. This is particularly evident from early steps toward implementation of Public Law 89-239, the Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke Amendments of 1965.

As noted in a review of the legislation, "the principal purpose of the new program is to provide the medical profession and medical institutions of the Nation greater opportunity to make available to their patients the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, cancer, stroke and related diseases. This is to be accomplished through the establishment of regional programs of cooperation in research, training, continuing education and demonstration activities in patient care among medical schools, clinical research institutions and hospitals."1

Two significant points of emphasis are emerging in the early planning phases of the regional medical programs: one is education and the other is cooperation. In