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* Internet: http://www.ama-assn.org. Contains information on the association, background and training of physicians and other information. (No physician referrals provided.)

Gay and Lesbian Medical Assn.

* Founded: 1981

* Membership: 1,800

* Telephone: (415) 255-4547

* Internet: http://www.glma.org

* Referrals: Call.

* Publications: Topics include homophobia as a health hazard; results of a national survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual physicians; legal rights and obligations of HIV-infected health care workers. Prices: $7 to $15.

Geriatrics

American Geriatrics Society

* Founded: 1942

* Membership: 6,000

770 Lexington Ave., Suite 300

New York, NY 10021

(212) 308-1414

* Internet: http://www.americangeriatrics.org

* Brochures and referrals by geographic area: Call the above number.

Orthopedics

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

* Founded: 1933

* Membership: 17,560

* Telephone: (847) 823-7186

* Internet: http://www.aaos.org

* Brochures:

* AAOS Fax-on-Demand, (800) 999-2939.

* The public service line for information on publications is (800) 824-BONES.

* To request other brochures (shoes, common hand problems, arthroscopy, neck pain, scoliosis, foot problems, cast care, total joint replacement, others) write to AAOS, P.O. Box 2058, Des Plaines, IL 60017. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with 32 cents postage for two brochures or 55 cents for three.

Otolaryngology

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

* Founded: 1896

* Membership: 10,225

* Telephone: (703) 836-4444

* Internet: http://www.entnet.org

* Referrals: (703) 836-4444

* Brochures: Call (703) 299-1121 to request a list.

Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics

P.O. Box 927

Elk Grove Village, IL 60009-0927

* Founded: 1930

* Membership: 53,000

* Internet: http://www.aap.org

* Referrals: Request in writing.

* Brochures: Request in writing. Topics include chickenpox, children and drugs, car seats, HIV / AIDS facts, baby bottle tooth decay, allergies. Include a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope, note the brochure topic on the envelope and mark it Dept. C.

Psychiatry

American Psychiatric Assn.

Division of Public Affairs

1400 K Street N.W.

Washington, DC 20005

* Founded: 1844

* Membership: 42,000

* Telephone: (202) 682-6220

* Internet: http://www.psych.org

* Referrals: Call above number.

* Brochures: Call or write, specifying topic (overview of mental illnesses, depression, teen suicide, substance abuse, choosing a psychiatrist, Alzheimer's disease, manic-depressive / bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, psychiatric medications, coping with HIV / AIDS, mental health of the elderly, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorder, childhood disorders). Single copies are free.

Radiology

American College of Radiology

1891 Preston White Drive

Reston, VA 20191

* Founded: 1923

* Membership: 31,000

* Telephone: (703) 648-8900

* Internet: http://www.acr.org

* Brochures: Put request in writing and mark envelope to the attention of the Public Relations Department.

Reproductive Health

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

1209 Montgomery Highway

Birmingham, AL 35216-2809

* Founded 1944

* Membership: 10,000

* Telephone: (205) 978-5000

* Internet: http://www.asrm.com

* Referrals: Write or call.

* Brochures: Write or call.

* Other: Write or call for information on clinics performing specific services such as gender selection.

Surgery

American College of Surgeons

55 E. Erie St.

Chicago, IL 60611-2797

* Founded: 1913

* Membership: 60,000

* Telephone: (312) 664-4050

* Internet: http://www.facs.org

* Referrals: Call or write.

* Brochures: See the Web page, or write or call to request. Brochures cover how to find a qualified surgeon, getting a second opinion, operation costs, giving informed consent. Some cover specific operations.

American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

2404 Stewart Square

Wausau, WI 54401

* Founded: 1981

* Membership: 2,807

* Telephone: (715) 845-9283

* Referrals: Make requests in writing.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

* Founded: 1899

* Membership: 1,800

* Telephone: (847) 290-9184 or (800) 791-0001

* Referrals: Call toll-free number.

* Other: Call the toll-free line for information on colorectal diseases.

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