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It is true that the organization of the American Society of Internal Medicine served as a stimulus for the organization of many of our component Societies. However, our growth within 3 years to 44 Societies with 5,400 members has occurred because of a clear recognition of the function of the Internist in the care of the patient in his own local area and of the need that this function be recognized if patients are to continue to receive good medical care.
As of February 1959, I was able to report that two-thirds of our membership has been certified by the
ABSTRACT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS OF ELBERT L. PERSONS, M.D., TO THE THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, CHICAGO, APRIL 19, 1959. Ann Intern Med. 1959;51:i–xxxvi. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-51-1-i
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