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August 21, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(8):597-603. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780340053019

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)July 24, 1937.

The Annual Meeting of the British Medical Association  The 105th annual meeting of the British Medical Association was held at Belfast. The president, R. J. Johnstone, delivered an address entitled "Some Thoughts on Medical Education," for which subject his position as professor of gynecology in Queen's University and member of the General Medical Council well fitted him. He said that critics generally assumed that teachers at the end of five years should turn out a finished product, but no one expected them to turn out in the same period a finished anatomist, pathologist or surgeon. Every one recognized that, to form a specialist, years of graduate study and experience were necessary. Was the path which the general practitioner must follow to master his art shorter and less steep than that of the specialist? He would say No. The specialist must know everything

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