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August 20, 1910

SOME ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL CURRICULUM OF TO-DAY AND OF TO-MORROW

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Professor of Human Anatomy, Leland Stanford, Jr., University STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CAL.

JAMA. 1910;55(8):635-638. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330080001001

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Abstract

That he who makes a prophecy risks his reputation, is an old adage. I accept its truth. However, only he who hath can lose. Moreover, it is not my purpose to suggest or to forecast an ideal curriculum, but simply to discuss certain aspects of present-day curricula in our stronger medical schools, and to call attention to changes which may be anticipated, or perhaps found advisable, even now. Others may be necessitated in the future— likely in the near future—while some have already been incorporated by a few of the leading medical schools of the country. It is indeed to be regretted that there is such a distance between the vanguard and the rear-guard of our medical schools, and that the curricula of many of them have undergone so few transitions outside of those necessitated by the very recent changes in requirements for admission. To be sure, change does not

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