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January 23, 1960


JAMA. 1960;172(4):346. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020040044013

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The program for the forthcoming Congress on Medical Education and Licensure is published in this issue of The Journal, pages 347 and 348. That portion of the Congress sponsored by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals will focus attention on three issues of great significance to medical education. The transmission and storage of knowledge and the continuing search for truth through research are traditional and appropriate functions of all institutions of higher education. The provision for medical care is not in as high a priority category of university tradition. Nonetheless, the requirements of teaching and research in the clinical disciplines inevitably involve universities and their medical schools in the process of patient care.

Medical school faculties properly exhibit concern lest the demands of patient service weaken the primary objectives of education and research. However, patients enter teaching hospitals because they are ill and seek relief from discomfort and cure

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