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Evaluation of Humanistic Qualities in the Internist

Julius R. Krevans, M.D.; and John A. Benson Jr., M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(5):720-724. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-99-5-720
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In an important decision on 6 June 1983 the American Board of Internal Medicine accepted the following report of its Subcommittee on Evaluation of Humanistic Qualities in the Internist. In adopting the four principles, the Board is committed to requiring high standards of humanistic behavior in the professional lives of every candidate. The Board has long insisted on acceptable moral and ethical standing in the care of patients by candidates. Through accepting this report the Board extends its conviction beyond the mere endorsement of humanism.

The Board also voted to initiate several actions recommended by the subcommittee. As a beginning,


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