Title

Tracing our roots: the rocky road toward recognition of clinical laboratory science's professional status (1962-1977).

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Clinical laboratory science : journal of the American Society for Medical Technology

Publication Date

2000-06-01

Volume

13

Issue

2

First Page

166

Last Page

171

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To discuss the progress clinical laboratory science made between 1962 and 1977 toward developing and acquiring characteristics associated with the traditional professions of medicine and law. DESIGN: A survey of literature on the history of clinical laboratory science was conducted. References consulted included various books and professional journals. CONCLUSION: Between 1962 and 1977, the field of clinical laboratory science experienced many changes. Medical technologists in supervisory positions became more involved in higher management functions, such as organizing and directing laboratory operations. Clinical laboratory science educators developed graduate programs that would prepare faculty for positions in two- and four-year colleges and in hospital-based programs.

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