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August 16, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(7):466-469. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610330004002

The emergency of the great war put us all, as a nation and as individuals, to an unusual test of efficiency. Much of value may be learned by the study of this experience. It is not only desirable that the knowledge thus gained should be utilized for the benefit of the community, but it is our duty to the soldiers who won this war—especially to those who made the supreme sacrifice—to make the most of this unusual opportunity and to secure for the people of the nation benefits which will in part offset the devastation of war.

This duty to learn lessons of value from our experience in the war applies to all branches of human endeavor. We are asking what we may learn that will improve medical education. We have properly taken pride in the great advances in medical education in the past fifteen years—but many of us were

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