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E. C. Ellett, M.D.
JAMA. 1928;91(25):2014. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700250078035.
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To the Editor:  —In a communication (The Journal, November 24, p. 1654) regarding the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the writer says that "specialism is practically unsupervised except in the field of Otolaryngology." I should like to call the attention of the committee to the pioneer in this field, namely, the American Board for Ophthalmic Examinations, which has been in existence since 1916, that is, eight years before the corresponding board for otolaryngology began to function. I think it was largely the example of this board and the success which met its endeavors that encouraged the formation of the board for otolaryngology. The American Board for Ophthalmic Examinations is composed of representatives from the three national societies interested in ophthalmology. During the twelve years of its existence it has held two or three examinations every year and during that time has examined many applicants and given certificates to 688.


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