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The first series of the several communications presented at the recent Congress on Medical Education are published in this issue. Another will appear in a later issue of The Journal. In the many manuscripts, there is not a single title that promises a scholarly treatise to shed new light on medical science or practice. Why then, should physicians read these papers?
This is the editor's question. For every manuscript reviewed, this question must be asked, and as the editor finds the answer he determines the content of these pages. Acceptance for publication of the Congress communications represents a direct acknowledgment that the editor believes physicians should read and be aware of the thoughts and opinions the authors express.
This judgment is based on a conviction that the medical profession is obligated to be concerned with the well-being of the total process of medical education. Perhaps more than any other profession,
THE EDITOR'S QUESTION. JAMA. 1962;180(9):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050220067008