PERHAPS more than any of the other specialty boards, the American Board of Pediatrics is being buffetted by the winds of change blowing with increasing force from various quarters of the American medical scene. Simultaneously, the Board is being exhorted (1) to raise its training requirements and standards of examination to assure that its diplomates are competent consultants who are able to use the latest technologic developments, (2) to lower its training requirements and standards of examination so as to encourage an immediately larger flow of pediatricians into the void left by the vanishing general practitioner, and (3) to modify its standards in order to accommodate candidates who wish to be trained both in pediatrics and in some other field such as cardiology, allergy, neurology, psychiatry, mental retardation, public health, family medicine, community medicine, and others. While trying to keep a roof over its head during this tumult, the Board
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