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September 12, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(11):827. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670110041014

Medical education can no longer be described or discussed apart from general education. It is likewise true that the medical sciences cannot be intelligently considered apart from the natural and physical sciences in general. The special studies of the medical student, as Flexner has remarked, begin everywhere with physics, chemistry and biology. The investigator—even the clinical investigator—is constantly driven back on them; not only does he need good fundamental training in the basic sciences before beginning his medical course, but from time to time he must endeavor by contact and study to keep himself fairly abreast of their progress. Without a firm and clear grasp of the basic sciences, Flexner adds, the practitioner cannot comprehend his medical subjects as a student, or read and utilize the current literature when in practice.

We have become accustomed to think of agriculture as an art so far apart from medicine that we rarely

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