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April 23/30, 2003


JAMA. 2003;289(16):2147-2148. doi:10.1001/jama.289.16.2147

American medical schools are in crisis mode. The Association of American Medical Colleges, the schools themselves, such philanthropic entities as the Milbank Foundation, and even the federal government have voiced this opinion. Without denigrating the seriousness of the contemporary situation, it is important to note that we have been here before. The cast of characters has changed, and the financial stakes have increased, but the basic questions are hauntingly similar to ones asked since the early 20th century. Thomas Neville Bonner recognizes this connection, and it is this insight that makes his biography of education reformer Abraham Flexner so timely and important.