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STRENGTHENING THE SINEWS OF UNDERSTANDING

JAMA. 1959;170(3):334. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010030078022.
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IN THIS issue (page 280) is published the address of the President of the American Medical Association, Dr. Gunnar Gundersen, delivered before the recent annual meeting of the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Dr. Gundersen has been widely quoted in the press as advocating that steps be taken in the immediate future to insure that physicians keep abreast of medical advances by requiring them to be reexamined periodically in order to retain their licenses to practice. A large response to the news references has come from physicians.

Dr. Gundersen was not certain which method was best to stimulate physicians to continue their education. He said: "This is a matter for careful study by all concerned." Dr. Gundersen's suggestion is not without precedent. In 1937, then A. M. A. President J. H. J. Upham said to the House of Delegates, "There is already a trend toward compulsory evidence of postgraduate improvement....

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