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October 27, 1962

Abdominal Surgery Board

Author Affiliations

Member-at-Large, General Surgical Section, AMA Willimantic, Conn.

JAMA. 1962;182(4):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050430178034

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To the Editor:—  In the meeting of the General Surgical Section of the AMA in June, 1962, a resolution "not to sponsor the American Board of Abdominal Surgery" was voted down. This matter has been subject to biased reporting in AMA publications.Sponsorship of an American Board of Abdominal Surgery is no less logical than having an American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Eighty-one per cent of major operations are in the abdomen; 60% of general surgeons are not yet board certified. Surgeons of proven competence are legislated against in hospitals if they do not possess board certification. While this is purported to maintain high standards, there is evidence to the contrary and it provokes strife and contention.The American Board of Surgery disclaims responsibility for such hospital rules and thereby repudiates the practice. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals has clearly stated that hospital privileges should not be accorded