Medical Establishment and Professions

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Medical Establishment and Professions Over the last 150 years, professionalism and delivery of health care have changed dramatically. Prior  to the beginning of the 20th century, the sick could seek treatment from any number of sources  besides physicians, including barbers, midwives, druggists, herb specialists, or even ministers. No  standardized medical education system or licensing process existed, and no one oversaw the  practices of anyone claiming to be a doctor. In many cases, becoming a doctor followed the same  process as any other profession: apprenticeship to someone already a “doctor.” In 1847, the American Medical Association (AMA) was formed as a self-regulating body to set  standards of professionalism and fight for a more scientific definition of medicine. At first, the 
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