THERAPEUTIC REVOLUTION The History of Medical Oncology from Early Days to the Creation of the Subspecialty

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Cancer is a disease responsible for several million annual deaths among humans, worldwide. However, advances in healthcare - which include breakthroughs in science and medicine as well as access to ...
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October 16, 1973

Pp. 181-191 (11)

Pierre R. Band


Before the subspecialty of medical oncology was established, a few internists and endocrinologists had started projects devoted to the treatment of cancer patients; they also played a crucial role in the creation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Medical oncology became a subspecialty under the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) through the persistent efforts of Dr. Byrl J. Kennedy whose key contributions to this endeavor are acknowledged by all. A Subspecialty Examination Committee on Medical Oncology was appointed to prepare guidelines for training and accreditation in this field and to prepare questions for the first examination. On October 16, 1973, 351 candidates passed the examination: the first cohort of certified medical oncologists.


Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Examination Committee.


Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y6, Canada.