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September 12, 1990

Medical Revolution in Minnesota: A History of the University of Minnesota Medical School-Reply

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University of Wisconsin Madison

University of Wisconsin Madison

JAMA. 1990;264(10):1250. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450100040015

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In Reply.—  The fact that Mr Wilson's own careful reading of his book turned up only a half dozen or so brief references to students in 600 pages simply underscores my point that "we learn virtually nothing about the many students who trained at Minnesota." I suspect, for example, that there is more to the record of women and minorities at Minnesota than appears in the two sentences Mr Wilson devotes to the subject: "A great source of strength to the Minnesota medical school has been its openness to students of both sexes and all races. From the beginning Minnesota admitted women to the study of medicine, and it did not exclude any ethnic group" (page 565).Regarding the provincialism of his study, Mr Wilson has attacked a straw man. I wrote that "Wilson shies away from placing the Minnesota story either in historical or historiographical context. Except when discussing