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Medical education is a unique educational experience. Its ingredients are a subtle mix of scientific background and vocabulary, clinical skills and clinical thinking, and professionalization to the role of physician. At each stage of the process these are all flavored by the students' emotional responses. The dual educational experience, requiring simultaneous affectual and cognitive learning, has the potential for providing greater growth and development than have other educational undertakings. The medical and educational literature is replete with analysis for improving the technical competence of medical students. Since Alan Gregg's classic work written in the thirties, relatively little attention has been paid to analyzing students' psychological and emotional responses and personal development.
Dr. Knight, Professor of Psychiatry and Dean of Admissions at Tulane University, has utilized his considerable background as an observer of the human condition, and as a counselor and teacher of medical students, in addressing himself to the question
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