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November 7, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(19):1388-1389. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730190044014

The science of medicine possesses but few philosophers; the scientific mind, indeed, is seldom given to philosophic reflection; it is more likely to be concerned with statements of fact and conclusions derived from them. Occasionally there emerge from some of the scientific fields men who are willing to take thought of conditions as they are, to cogitate on the circumstances that evolved these conditions and to contemplate the possibilities for the future. Such an analysis has recently been made by Dr. Hans Zinsser,1 who, under the title "The Next Twenty Years," made audible his musings in an address given at the dedicatory exercises of the new Lakeside Hospital in Cleveland.

Viewing the present situation, Dr. Zinsser pointed out that the 166 medical schools of 1910 have gradually diminished to some 70 institutions, which are educating a sufficient complement of doctors for the needs of our nation, incomparably better in

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