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April 3, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(14):1163. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570400045016

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The Journal last year announced the appointment of a commission by the Rockefeller Foundation to study medical and health conditions in China. The report of this commission has just been received. A casual review of it reveals vividly the tremendous need for better medical, hospital and nursing service in that country. The commission believes that better medical teaching is the first step, and with that idea it studied carefully existing medical schools. Seventeen schools were visited, together with various universities and secondary schools, both missionary and governmental, and a large number of hospitals. Everywhere the lack of funds, personnel and equipment for effective work was apparent. In only one or two medical schools was there anything that resembled adequate teaching facilities. The central government maintains schools at Peking and Tientsin, and there are government-supported schools in some of the provinces. Missionary medical schools are found in almost every province. These

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