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July 6, 1940

Do You Want to Become a Doctor?

JAMA. 1940;115(1):80. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810270082034

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As far as the practice of medicine is concerned, much has been said and little done about vocational guidance. The boy or girl contemplating a career in medicine has, at best, consulted a friendly physician but too often, without competent advice, has plunged headlong into the preparation for one of the most difficult and exacting professions. The author of this book has made available, in readily accessible form, a great deal of the information on which such a decision should be based. The opening chapters deal with medical education, its standards, costs and specific requirements, including the internship. Then follows a discussion of licensure and state examinations. Various phases of practice are described together with the ancillary vocations of various types of technicians. The closing chapters are devoted to the future of medicine and its relationship to society. Not the least illuminating to the neophyte are the admirably selected quotations

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