December 6, 1965

The House of Medical Education

JAMA. 1965;194(10):1152-1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090230120049

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To the Editor:—  The comments of Dr. Seymour Farber in the article "Greatest Challenge in Medicine Today" (193:432, 1965) leave the impression that a physician educated more than a few years ago is hopelessly out of date. Personally I am sure he does not mean this; but he implies that a physician's progressive experience throughout his lifetime, his judicious selection of medical reading material, and periodic attendance at refresher courses will fail to maintain him as a "modern physician."Perhaps this impression of rapid obsolescence is promoted in the minds of medical school researchers and educators by their contact with the frontiers of medical science, where the value of any one fact is subject to constant fluctuation. If much of the information passed on to medical students becomes obsolete within a very short time, should not medical educators give serious thought to the character of the intormation which they

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