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
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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