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June 1969

Continuing Education for Psychiatrists

Author Affiliations

Director, Office of Continuing Education for Psychiatrists American Psychiatric Association 1700 18th St, NW Washington, DC 20009

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(6):617. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740180001001

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A "consumer revolution" is upon us. In virtually every area of commerce and service, the buyer is no longer willing to "beware" of the product; he now demands that the producer give him a safe and effective product. Automobiles, for example, have been added to the public's "close-scrutiny" list that once included only food and drugs. And when the President's Advisory Commission on Health Manpower warned, more than a year ago, that a "quality gap" exists between optimal and medical care and that which is currently offered to the public, one could hear the rumblings of a "patient" revolution reaching into the domain of the physician.

What this portends is difficult to say. Mandatory periodic relicensure or recertification is clearly a possibility if medicine does not move, and move quickly, to demonstrate that practitioners can be and are being continuously brought up to date in their knowledge and

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