The practice of a profession affected with a public interest always precedes the establishment of accepted discipline for training in that profession and the development of provisions for the supervision and control of the practice itself. Medicine is no exception to this rule. The time has now arrived, with respect to the general practice of medicine, when preparation for admission is provided by excellently equipped medical schools, and admission to general practice is rigorously controlled by the various states. Almost no provision has been made, however, for the supervision of the more recently developed phase of medical practice, namely, specialism. With a few notable exceptions, the medical schools offer little opportunity for graduate specialization. Moreover, admission to general practice empowers the physician to undertake the treatment of any and all diseases. There are 160,000 licensed physicians in the United States. Any one of these may set himself up as a
WISE F. THE AMERICAN BOARD OF DERMATOLOGY AND SYPHILOLOGY: A STEP FORWARD IN THE SUPERVISION OF SPECIALISM. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;29(1):1–11. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460070004001
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