Title

Tracing our roots: a professional identity emerges: 1928 to 1945

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

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

Publication Date

1998-09-01

Volume

11

Issue

5

First Page

275

Last Page

279

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe the early years of the American Society of Medical Technology and discuss major issues that led to contention between the American Society of Medical Technology and the Board of Registry. DESIGN: A survey of literature on the history of clinical laboratory science was conducted. References consulted include various books and professional journals. CONCLUSION: Clinical laboratory science began to develop a professional identity of its own, distinct from that of pathology, with the establishment of the American Society of Medical Technology and the publication of the American Journal of Medical Technology. These achievements illustrate clinical laboratory scientists' commitment to developing formal mechanisms to serve their specific interests and needs, independent of pathologists and the Board of Registry. Pathologists were successful, however, in maintaining control over other aspects of clinical laboratory scientists' professional identity, such as certification, accreditation, scope of practice, and code of ethics.

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