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October 2, 1948


Author Affiliations

University of California Medical School, The Medical Center, San Francisco.

JAMA. 1948;138(5):380-381. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900050048023

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To the Editor:—  In the May 1, 1948 issue of The Journal, page 5, Dr. Irving S. Wright reported on the present status of medical education in Germany and Austria. It might be of general interest to supplement Dr. Wright's discussion with information concerning German efforts to improve the reported shortcomings. Originating with a request from German sources (particularly from the frequently mentioned Dr. F. Volhard), it was my mission to serve as a consultant of our military government to assist in the rehabilitation and reform of German medical schools. The German origin of the request was an invaluable help in overcoming the primary defense reaction toward suggestions proposed by one associated with medical education of an occupying power.The main achievement of this mission was the establishment of an organization called Ausschuss für die Ausbildung und Fortbildung von Aerzten, an organization with aims similar to those of our Council

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