Medicine today is in a stage of rapid evolution, accelerated by the phenomenal growth of knowledge during recent years and by the increasing public concern with health. As it has become impossible for any man to keep pace with the progress of the whole of any important branch of science, specialization has been inevitable and the need for it self-evident. Vast improvements in the care of people have resulted from the trend toward specialization, and without specialization the development of much new knowledge and its application in the prevention and treatment of disease could not have been effected.
Specialization, then, is to be accepted as a necessity, and the rapid advances in medical knowledge impel all physicians in practice, regardless of rubric, to remain highly and continuously trained, so that the sick may be best cared for by physicians trained in the particular specialty required.
While tradition and experience had
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