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June 29, 1970

A Need for Blending

Author Affiliations

Harvard University Health Services Cambridge, Mass

JAMA. 1970;212(13):2257-2258. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170260053016

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The mood of protest so common among college students during the sixties has spread downward into the high schools and even into the elementary schools, and at the same time has become quite prominent in all the graduate schools. Medical schools and hospitals have been affected by a wide variety of criticisms and actions designed to bring about change. Several professional associations have been the object of confrontations very similar to those prevalent in colleges and universities.

As among college students, the reaction among students in the health professions has varied from the extreme of viewing the efforts of medical schools, hospital trustees, donors, and professional associations as being involved in a vast conspiracy to perpetuate the present inadequacies of health care, all the way to that of ignoring acute social problems and concentrating on research problems in the laboratory. Some of the former group do not seem to understand