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December 7, 1964

Neglect of Practitioners in Teaching Hospitals

JAMA. 1964;190(10):944. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070230080031

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To the Editor:—  Considerable praise should be paid to Dr. Samuel A. Levine for his recent Critical Commentary, "Our Neglect of General Internists and Practitioners in Teaching Hospitals," which appeared in the Oct 26, 1964, issue of The Journal (190:286). It is particularly encouraging to see someone of Dr. Levine's stature take such a stand on this important issue. For too long has the education of medical students, interns, and residents been in the hands of full time academic men who are not properly oriented to the clinical practice of medicine.There is no question, as Dr. Levine notes, that heads of departments should be full time people whose evaluation of medical education, teaching, and research are not interfered with by the daily clinical practice of medicine. However, the orientation presently given to the average medical student is certainly not that which will be to his best advantage in

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