June 1958

The Student-Physician: Introductory Studies in the Sociology of Medical Education.

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Edited by Robert K. Merton, George G. Reader, M.D., and Patricia L. Kendall. Price, $5. Pp. 360, with illustrations. Published for the Commonwealth Fund by Harvard University Press, Cambridge 38, Mass., 1957.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(6):1173. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260180163022

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Anyone interested in teaching medical students should read "The Student-Physician." He will have to be very much interested in it to read the whole thing, because at least parts of it are written as though the writer were paid a bonus for superfluous words. Here is an example: "But whatever the consequences of these differences and these remain to be identified, it can be seen that the criteria and procedures for admission not only have the manifest function of selecting individuals more or less suited to the role of physician but also the indirect and latent function of producing a distinctive social environment for each student. In other words, the procedures and criteria of selection not only involve the psychological consideration of the personal qualities of each individual student but also the sociological consideration of the composition of the total student body." Far too many of the words are padding

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