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October 11, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(15):1168. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660150052016

Discussions of educational policy and practices within recent times are surcharged with the spirit of criticism. A recent comment in The Journal1 has elicited an interesting open discussion of the subject.2 In education, as in politics, social ethics and other fields of human concern, it is often singularly difficult to establish the relation of cause and effect in connection with the items under debate. A spirit of candor and sanity regarding the problems of medical education seems to pervade a recent address delivered by Dean Edsall3 of the Medical School of Harvard University before the Massachusetts Medical Society. Admitting the present unfortunate dearth of physicians in certain rural districts, he does not accept without proof the widely heralded statement that the increased standards of medical education and the extended duration of required study are to be charged with the lessened supply of such practitioners; nor does he

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