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April 17, 1920

IDEALS AND THEIR FUNCTION IN MEDICAL EDUCATION

Author Affiliations

President, Rockefeller Foundation NEW YORK

JAMA. 1920;74(16):1065-1068. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620160005002
Abstract

The influence of the war on medical research, public health and medical education has been notable. Medical army officers of different nations have been in close association; research councils have exchanged suggestions and ideas; investigation has been stimulated; new possibilities of immunology have been discovered; important advances in surgical technic have been made.

Public health policies have been profoundly affected; camp sanitation has been carried to higher levels of achievement; the American army in Europe made a new record in the control of venereal diseases. The League of Red Cross Societies represents a movement in the interests of preventive medicine on an international scale. The work of the International Health Board in many countries has played an appreciable rôle. In all this, standards and methods of medical education have been necessarily involved.

Evidences of an almost universal interest in the training of physicians and public health officers accumulate. The British

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