One of the aims of the World Medical Association is the improvement of medical education. At the fourth General Assembly of the association in New York, in 1950, preliminary thought was given to the holding of the first World Conference on Medical Education. At the fifth General Assembly in Stockholm in 1951, it was definitely determined to hold such a conference. To quote Dr. Hugh Clegg,1 the editor of the British Medical Journal, "After all, medical education is fundamental to our professional life and work. Without medical education the people of the world would still be at the mercy of the witch-doctor and the cultist; many of them, of course, still are. Perhaps it is because the subject is so vast that doctors have so far fought shy of staging an international discussion on it."
Again Dr. Clegg1 said, "Now, then is the time to take stock. Medicine,
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