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December 19, 1942

PREMEDICAL EDUCATION

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Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1942;120(16):1336. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830510074022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The urgency of the need for military physicians has revived discussion concerning the length of time a student must spend in premedical education. A rigid requirement of four years and a degree for entrance in a medical school is unnecessary and unwise. I do not believe that the average medical student who was obliged to spend four years in academic work is superior enough to those who have not to justify the expense in money and years. While it may be desired and even urged for the student who is exceptionally receptive, young and well financed, many students unfortunately have neither the ambition nor the ability to absorb the kind of education they are exposed to, regardless of their financial backing. Nor does the average student need a prolonged classical education to become a good doctor. If a student does not or cannot acquire "culture" during or

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