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To the Editor:—
I note with interest the letter from Dr. Merl G. Colvin in The Journal, February 21, in which he proposes the establishment of an International School of Medicine. The problem of our responsibility and opportunity in meeting the needs of the foreign countries interest me greatly. The role of medicine and the health sciences is an extremely important one in the concept of present world affairs. The war has left us with a responsibility and an opportunity formerly expected of Europe, and, as Dr. Colvin's letter implies, this small world's health vitally affects our own health and economy. Too often in the past, however, foreign students whose countries present a different economic and social picture from ours have been sent to our schools, which of necessity educate and train men for situations as they exist in this country. Many have returned to their own countries, where they
SMYTH FS. AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. JAMA. 1948;136(15):1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890320044017