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February 17, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(7):546-547. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810070012002

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It is obligatory that education fulfil the requirements born of a changing social and economic philosophy: that it be harmonious with the constantly altering pattern of vocational needs. While the biologic inheritance of a race remains practically unchanged from age to age, education is always relative to some concrete and evolving social situation. Hence the problem of education assumes one form in ancient Athens, yet quite another in twentieth century America. What was adequate in our fathers' time is now inadequate. It is clear, therefore, that any group charged with the task of shaping the educational theory or practice for any people should consider the trends and interests of the society which it serves. Medical education is no exception to this truth. Although usually deliberate, and in this instance dilatory, it has always met each new exigency. Yet the excision of the old and the implantation of the new have

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