There are periods in the lives of men and institutions that are traditionally recognized as justifying some form of celebration or special attention. The fact that this is the 50th anniversary of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association, as well as the 50th Annual Congress on Medical Education and Licensure, merits some reference to its history and accomplishments. A comprehensive and detailed history of the Council by Dr. Victor Johnson was included in the "History of the American Medical Association: 1847-1947" published in 1947 as a feature of the centennial celebration of the Association. In making references to certain aspects of this history, I have quoted freely from Dr. Johnson's history of the Council.
That the primary objective in the establishment of the American Medical Association was the improvement of medical education is shown in the preamble of the resolution adopted by the New