October 11, 1985

The Harvard Way

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston

JAMA. 1985;254(14):1904-1905. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360140055020

To the Editor.—  I strenuously object to the unwarranted slur upon the Harvard Medical School and the many physicians associated with it in the essay entitled "The Harvard Way."1 It's hard to believe a responsible journal would publish material of this sort, specifically identifying and castigating a single medical school, without any attempt to actually ascertain the facts of the case. Although I don't know Dr Walker and am not in the department in which he took a part of his residency, I have been a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School for ten years. The institution is full of dedicated physicians who are busy providing patient care, running teaching programs, and carrying out medical research—often "working like slaves and getting very little sleep," just like Dr Walker. Hundreds of residents complete training at Harvard teaching hospitals each year and go on to pursue their medical careers,