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December 20, 1965

A New Medical School's Expectations of the University

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From Brown University, Providence, RI.

JAMA. 1965;194(12):1291-1294. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090250025006

That a medical school should properly be a part of a university has come to be a usually accepted principle in the United States. This concept, rooted in Old World tradition, restimulated by the Flexner report, early epitomized by the establishment of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, and effectively promulgated by the late Alan Gregg and others, is based upon the recognition that medicine is a broad and scholarly undertaking which requires the nurture to be found in a university "community of scholars."

Over a period of nearly half a century, there has been much written, and even more talked, about the necessity for medicine to utilize the university milieu as a source of strength in breadth and in depth. Much of this has been earnest, thoughtful, and sophisticated, but some of it has been in the realm of rather vague and spongy philosphy with little practical conception of

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