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September 2006

The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology: An Appreciation

Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(9):1332-1334. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.9.1332

The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) will shortly go out of existence. The Department of Defense Base Closure Commission has recommended that the AFIP be closed, with outsourcing of selected components as part of its plan to pare its budget by realigning and reducing the number of US military facilities. Closure of the AFIP will end the precedent-setting alliance between military and civilian medical specialties that began in October 1921 with a partnership between the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and the Army Medical Museum, as the AFIP was then known.1