Bernice R. Lemley, MEd
The founding and progress of the American College of Physicians (ACP) have been variously interpreted in three published histories and in other documents (1-5). A student of its 75-year meteoric growth might well conclude that Shakespeare's ''seven ages of man" have their parallel in the eras of institutions: The College has progressed through four of seven (Table 1). How its recent course will determine its future years must remain for historians of a later time.
Some of the four eras have had initiating events in earlier ones and culminations in the next, thus overlapping. Each era is distinguished by the
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Lemley BR. The American College of Physicians: The First 75 Years. Ann Intern Med. 1990;112:872–878. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-11-872
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(11):872-878.
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