American medical schools are in crisis mode. The Association of American
Medical Colleges, the schools themselves, such philanthropic entities as the
Milbank Foundation, and even the federal government have voiced this opinion.
Without denigrating the seriousness of the contemporary situation, it is important
to note that we have been here before. The cast of characters has changed,
and the financial stakes have increased, but the basic questions are hauntingly
similar to ones asked since the early 20th century. Thomas Neville Bonner
recognizes this connection, and it is this insight that makes his biography
of education reformer Abraham Flexner so timely and important.
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