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To the Editor:—
The paper on "Social Class of Medical Students" by Dr. Rosinski in The Journal for July 12th (193:95-96, 1965) is an exercise in statistical evaluation of the human race. Fortunately, man does not lend himself well to statistical categorization. Dr. Rosinski finds that more students come from the "upper" classes of the country or from the families of physicians. I find little to criticize in this. Indeed, it would be discouraging if many applicants for medical school did not come from the families of physicians. Things being as they are, this figure may change as the bitter rewards of the present generation of physicians at the hands of the federal government come to be evaluated further. Dr. Rosinski believes that there is an untapped pool of medical-school applicants among the lower classes. I think it fair to say that after 25 or 30 years of help
Needles RJ. Social Class of Medical Students. JAMA. 1965;193(12):1062–1063. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090120070028