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November 1940

Do You Want to Become a Doctor?

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By Morris Fishbein, M.D., Editor, Journal of the American Medical Association. Price, $1.50. Pp. 176. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1939.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(5):1188-1189. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190170179010

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Prospective medical students eager to learn something of the lure of medicine frequently ask what the study of medicine is all about, what preparation is required to get into a medical school, what medical school to go to and what happens when one gets there. This little book, therefore, is a godsend not only to the prospective student who wishes to have his questions answered but also to the teacher of medicine who may be asked by a group of college undergraduates to tell the boys about medical education and why being a doctor is an absorbing occupation.

The contents of the book are well arranged. Containing eleven chapters, the book begins with a description of today's process of medical education, continues with an account of medical school preparation (including what courses are to be taken and how students are selected) and ends with two chapters which hint as to

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