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Book and Media Reviews
September 6, 2006

Medical Learning

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(9):1141-1144. doi:10.1001/jama.296.9.1143-a

“Academic medicine is like a tripod, standing on three legs. One leg is patient care, one is research, and one is education. Over the course of the twentieth century, the emphasis placed on each of these missions has changed. In recent years, education has become the short leg of the tripod.” So begins Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, in his plea to understand, preserve, and expand medical education. His work is well-grounded in educational theory and colored by historical review. His passionate dedication to medical education is evident in the tone of his writing, which uses such phrases as “we must” and “we should.”