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To the Editor:—
The profession of medicine, assailed by the uncertainties of the future, needs a fortress. E. Grey Dimond advises us in his perceptive paper, "The Open Medical School" (194:1220, 1965) to build our fortress within the expanded walls of the medical school. I am in complete agreement with this concept. In order to protect both the patient and the profession, continuing education and a guard against nonmedical dominance of medical practice are equally important. These can be accomplished only through the medical schools. Whether we remain physicians or become vendors (as current legislation calls us) may be determined, not in Washington, but in the union in the medical school of the professor and the practitioner.
Shapiro E. The Open Medical School. JAMA. 1966;195(9):789. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100090123042