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February 25, 1911


Author Affiliations

President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching NEW YORK

JAMA. 1911;LVI(8):589-591. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560080037011

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The "Report on Medical Education in the United States and Canada," prepared under the direction of the Carnegie Foundation by Mr. Abraham Flexner, was issued in June and has received in one way or another the criticism of nearly all medical journals and medical associations. Those who have represented the Carnegie Foundation in this matter have sought to examine such criticisms and comments in a fair and reasonable spirit. They have felt pleased that the essential facts stated in the report have received no serious contradiction. They have endeavored, on the other hand, to profit in the further study of medical education by the comments made and the criticisms offered.

It is to be remembered that this report was not a mere criticism of existing conditions. It aimed to point out accurately and frankly the present status of medical education; but it did much more than this. It attempted a

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