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February 21, 1948


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Williamsport, Pa.

JAMA. 1948;136(8):573. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890250061023

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To the Editor:—  In view of the development of a United Nations World Health Organization and a World Medical Organization, is not the next logical step the establishment of an International Medical School? To export medical knowledge by training foreign students could eventually save more lives than any other form of relief and would constitute one product of Western civilization whose moral value could not be questioned. Common humanity demands that we share this part of our security much as we are sharing our food.The few foreign students graduating from our medical schools at present amount to only a trickle compared to the world need. Colonial medicine and the Rockefeller Foundation have attacked this problem and demonstrated what can be done. Medical missionaries like Seagrave and Schweitzer have publicized the opportunities of medical service in the tropics but lack civil authority and the possibility, of perpetuating their efforts. Only

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