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April 1929


Arch Surg. 1929;18(4):1256-1258. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1929.01140130346020

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The time passed about eighteen years ago when the question of whether urology was entitled to be a specialty within the domain of surgery could be seriously discussed in the form of a presidential address before the American Urological Association. The definition of a specialty was that it was "a department of medicine in which our knowledge has become so far developed that it requires the whole time of any individual to keep abreast of the accumulating knowledge and still have time to devote to study of the problems presented." That even in 1911 urology was entitled to be considered a specialty was the conclusion both of the essayist and of those taking part in the discussion of the paper. Today there is no doubt that this decision was in accord with the truth, and were proof needed, one has but to consider the subsequent widespread development of men and

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