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January 17, 1972

Accelerated Medical Education

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Oakland, Calif

JAMA. 1972;219(3):388. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190290074030

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To the Editor.—  The LETTER by Gullen is like a breath of fresh air. It points out that shortening the medical school course by one year, unless other measures were taken, would only produce a one-time bonus in the number of students. "Eggheads" in general are the easiest of all humans to fool and they are the prey of any glib talker or writer who has a handful of figures and graphs that he wants to sell.To assume that more students would perpetually result from the course shortening is like believing that you can produce a baby in one month if you can get nine women pregnant, or like thinking, as do some of the "highly educated" graduates in economics, that if you only lose a little money on each transaction eventually you will reap a profit if you make enough transactions.Since the accumulated knowledge has grown in