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April 28, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(17):1187-1191. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640440001001

In the last few years there has been among medical educators much discussion of the necessity or, at least, the desirability of revising the medical curriculum. During the last year I have made this matter the subject of a special study, and shall present the result briefly.

The problem of this special research was: What should the medical student be taught? What must the medical student know in order to qualify as a practitioner of medicine? I undertook to find out, first, what the medical student is being taught in our better medical schools today. This I attempted to do, first, by visiting various laboratory and clinical departments and inspecting the work done in these departments; and, secondly, by reading and reviewing (I found this both interesting and instructive) some recent generally employed textbooks on each subject, such as Macleod's "Biochemistry and Physiology" applied to medicine, Cunningham's "Anatomy," Starling's "Physiology,"

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