December 18, 1967


JAMA. 1967;202(12):1100. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130250082019

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Numerous recent resolutions of the House of Delegates have urged the Board of Trustees to furnish for students and the profession teaching outlines or texts on medical civics, ethics, and socioeconomic aspects of medical practice. The resolutions have alleged that formal curricula in medical schools and teaching hospitals have so crammed the kaleidoscope of education with the bright tinsel of technology, that they produce tunnel vision for the graduate when he emerges into the changing spectra of human community life. Peripheral scotomas in the new physician produce amblyopia for such universal images as office management, voluntary health agencies, legal problems, and the public health movement. In plain words, the theory says the young doctor is naive about the real world outside his ivory tower.

Without recriminations toward the educators, the American Medical Association has neatly circumvented the theory by publishing a small book. The Physician's Career floodlights such behavioral areas