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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 23/30, 2011

MEDICINE AND SOCIOLOGY

JAMA. 2011;306(20):2274. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1695

In a thoughtful address to the graduating medical class of Chicago University, Prof. C. R. Bardeen emphasized the fact that with the application of a scientific sociology to the needs of mankind the importance of medical science will come more and more to the fore. He feels that this relation has not been sufficiently recognized hitherto, either by medical men or by sociologists. On the one hand, medical problems are at bottom social problems and are to be wisely solved only by those who have some knowledge of social science. On the other hand, the complex conditions of modern life have developed social problems which demand above all else the intelligence of men broadly trained in medicine. He speaks, of course, from the standpoint of the educator and asserts that our medical schools will recognize more and more that the training of public health officers is a duty equally important with that of training practitioners of medicine.

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