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September 26, 1966


JAMA. 1966;197(13):1097-1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110130097030

How easily can we characterize particular groups of professional people and discover features which allow us to distinguish one from another? Can we find details to help us predict the probable course of individuals? A recent publication1 has addressed itself to these problems, in regard to pathologists; not pathologists in general, but those who have particular research interests and abilities. The underlying issue was the need for more well-qualified pathologists, especially in research. The goal of the survey was to "identify, recruit, and train persons showing potential for pathology research." The study tried to identify the various influences which might be effective in encouraging young people to follow a career in research pathology.

The survey was conducted by combined questionnaire and personal interview on subjects who represented not random sampling but careful selection by a committee. There were several subgroups: pathologists who were continuously productive of research (designated as