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May 2, 1953


Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan.

Professor and Chairman of Department of Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1953;152(1):78-82. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.63690010027033

The evaluation of television in medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine is the direct result of a recommendation by the Kansas Board of Regents to the state legislature that the 1949-1951 biennial appropriation for the eleemosynary institutions of Kansas include funds for this purpose. As one of a series of progressive actions in the field of education the Kansas legislature in 1949 authorized this expenditure.

The administration of the school charged the department of surgery with the responsibility of implementing this program. Several members of our faculty saw the Smith, Kline, & French Laboratories color television demonstrations at the A. M. A. Annual Session in Atlantic City that summer. Naturally it was our hope to procure equipment similar to that used in this program; however, as we canvassed the few suppliers of television equipment in 1949 it became obvious that only monochrome systems were available. Indeed

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