In 1913 Dr. Heinrich Stern, a visionary young physician, visited the Royal College of Physicians of London and recognized that the United States needed an educationally oriented organization of "internists," an organization comparable to the distinguished English College. In the United States the progress of medicine had been slow, but the various specialties of medicine had begun to emerge.
Dr. Stern's vision led to the founding of the American College of Physicians in New York City in 1915. The ensuing years saw steady growth as the College began to mature as a nationally recognized professional society, and as the
American College of Physicians Ethics Manual. Part 1: History; The Patient; Other Physicians. Ann Intern Med. ;111:245–252. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-3-245
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