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September 16, 1983

To the Class of 1986

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical Center Topeka, Kan

JAMA. 1983;250(11):1391. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340110015008

To the Editor.—  To rekindle the memories of medical school (McGill, class of 1966) I read "Dean's Welcome Remarks to the Class of 1986" (1983; 249:1589) of Dr John Bernard Henry of Georgetown University. With the hoped-for rekindling, the following comments were also stimulated.Dean Henry specifically identifies the "drug addicted" and the "drug and alcohol addicted" (p 1589), grouping such patients with those in especial need or those treated when a physician has a "calling." Drug- and alcohol-addicted patients are on all of our wards and in all of our clinics and offices, and we cannot leave the treatment of this major health problem to physicians with a "calling." I hope Dean Henry will agree that all students in the class of 1986 are called to treat or, at the very least, meaningfully refer any problem as serious as drug and alcohol addiction. If these students do not learn