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June 3, 1961

I. Appropriate Balance Between the Basic and Clinical Sciences in Medical School

JAMA. 1961;176(9):753-758. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040220001001

From the Viewpoint of a Dean  Thomas B. Turner, M.D., BaltimoreTHE BASIC QUESTION posed here is what, in the first place, is an appropriate balance between the basic and clinical sciences in medical school. If one pursues this thought further, he is quickly face to face with the difficult but exciting problem of medical education in general. What are we attempting to accomplish in medical school? How may the curriculum be adjusted to cope with the whirlwind of scientific, technological, and sociological developments of this generation? Can we indeed distinguish clearly between basic science and clinical science?I shall not attempt a full-dress consideration of these questions. Since, however, this the first paper of a 3-cornered discussion, I shall try to suggest the objectives of basic science teaching in medicine, and then let my colleagues decide whether or not we

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