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…now the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  1. Clifford Mann
  1. Correspondence to Dr Clifford Mann, Emergency Department, Taunton and Somerset Hospital, Taunton, UK; clifford.mann{at}

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4 March 2015

Thirty-six words that are the culmination of a long journey and much hard work by many people.

Emergency Medicine in the UK began rather inconspicuously in 1952, with the appointment of the first consultant in emergency medicine, Mr Maurice Ellis, at Leeds General Hospital. It was 15 years later that the world's first professional association of emergency medicine was established; the Casualty Surgeons Association (CSA) founded in 1967 was formed a year before the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 1975, the formation of the Specialist Advisory Committee for A&E Medicine made it possible to be appointed to an accredited training scheme in emergency medicine in the UK. The College of Emergency Medicine arose in 2006 from the amalgamation of the British Association of Emergency Medicine (itself a descendant …

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