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January 16, 1960

Teaching Comprehensive Medical Care: A Psychological Study of a Change in Medical Education

JAMA. 1960;172(3):300. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020030094036

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This volume presents an interesting and valuable portrayal of the program for teaching of comprehensive medical care initiated by the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1953. The joint study associated with the project involved the Behavior Research Laboratory and the School of Medicine of the University of Colorado so that the experiment could be adequately evaluated as it was being conducted. The volume is presented in sections dealing with the educational program, the research program, methodology, findings and conclusions, special studies, and appendixes. The section presenting findings and conclusions offers particularly valuable reading for those concerned with medical education and practice in the modern setting. This portion of the volume discusses the findings of the project concerning students' acquisition of medical, psychological, and sociologic knowledge, skill, and attitudes. There is a wealth of carefully presented information as to the comparative value of the general medical clinic experience and

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