January 1969

Letter From an Editor

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(1):103. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300110105022

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Now that the proletariat is disappearing into white collars, it sometimes seems to me that deans and similar journeymen are becoming the new "wretched of the earth."

Except when I venture onto ward rounds, it often seems to me at my desk that those receding but warmly remembered years of residency have for me come to naught. Luckily, however, this dark cloud is nowadays frequently riven by sunny shafts from those who advocate drastic reformation of our residencies and internships, for example, Daniel H. Funkenstein, MD, in his recent editorial in the Archives entitled "Our Obsolete Residencies" (122:279-280 [Sept] 1968). In these critiques I find a measure of self-renewal, for while I do not believe that to have had a residency is necessarily to comprehend that kind of postgraduate medical education, I also do not think that a residency and subsequent uninterrupted contact with house officers are a serious

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