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May 16, 1942


Author Affiliations

Dean, Marquette University School of Medicine MILWAUKEE

JAMA. 1942;119(3):262-263. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.72830200004008

The administrators of medical schools have a tremendous responsibility during these times of World War II. They now face an accelerated program to shorten the medical course from four to three years and demands for hours allocated for certain additional courses. These problems are presented in the face of an overcrowded medical curriculum which includes the present four years of educating medical students. We are faced both with a reevaluation and a reemphasis on basic essentials of teaching methods and of the content of the medical courses. During this period of stress it is not my desire to propose an additional burden but to point out the great need that our graduates have, who were yesterday our students, for practical instruction in the indications and contraindications of physical therapeutic methods.

Notwithstanding the venerable age of physical therapy and its many worthy uses, it gradually fell into disrepute, and at the

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