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September 23, 1944

Polish School of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh

JAMA. 1944;126(4):266. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850390064032

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This little volume tells the exciting story of a unique event in scientific history. Never before has any state set up its own medical school with its own professors teaching its own students in their native tongue on foreign soil and as a part of a foreign university. A considerable part of the Polish army was evacuated to Great Britain on the fall of France in June 1940. Included were several hundred medical officers, among whom were teachers, physicians and scientists of high professional standing. There were also numbers of recent medical graduates and men who had completed part of their medical training in Poland. The University of Edinburgh magnanimously offered its facilities, the Polish government in exile provided financial support and the Polish School of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh was organized. It opened its doors to Polish men and women, officers and civilians, March 22, 1941. Facilities

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