OPERATING A COSMETIC CLINIC 77 streaks badly, or a cream shampoo that disintegrates when wet fingers dip into it. They have added greatly to our knowledge both of cosmetics and the habits of users. I believe that you,• as cosmetic chemists would find such a clinic equally useful. It may be, as the consulting chemist whom I quoted at the beginning of this paper said, messy and expensive--but not nearly so messy and expensive as having an unsatisfactory product come back on your hands.
THE CHEMIST AS A PROFESSIONAL MAN* By RAYMOND E. KIRK ß Head, Department of Chemistry, and Dean, Graduate School, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, N.Y. CHEMISTRY AS a profession has come of age. It has, however only recently reached this stature. The best evidence that this is so is in the fact that this talk is being given at all. Does one find such a title on the program of the American Medical Association or of the Ameri- can Bar Association? We are con- cfirned about our professional status since it is of such recent growth. Not hll of our colleagues appreciate it not all, of our neighbors under- stand it not all of our employers recognize it. American engineers seem concerned regarding their cul- tural attainments American chem- ists are concerned about their pro- fessional status. The older "learned professions" do not seem to worry about either. Their cultural at- tainments and their professional status are of long standing and are given wide public recognition. This relatively recent awareness of the professional status of chem- ists is the outstanding event of re- cent years in our profession. The rumblings in the local sections of the American Chemical Society the * Presented at the December 3, 1947• Meeting, New York City. 78 emergence of the small but ex- tremely vigorous American Insti- tute of Chemists the many panel discussions about "professionalism," about "mandatory" versus "per- missive licensing" of chemists, and about "national certification" of chemists all bear out my thesis. Our unusual concern about pro-. fessional status shows that we now have it and that we are not entirely clear what we should do with it/ Forty years ago some of the chem- istry students at a few universities of the middle west wrote a ritual for Alplia Chi Sigma. I presume that most chemists know that Alpha Chi Sigma is now the largest of several so-called "professional" fra- ternities in chemistry. In ene of the less juvenile sections of the rit- ual, one finds "chemistry both as a science and as a profession." I do not believe that major students today would write the same words if faced with the necessity of writing a similar ritual. They would, or so it seems to me, assume that any one in college wishing to enter the pro- fession would need to master the science in order to be an "entered apprentice" in the profession. More
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