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August 9, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(6):459-460. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660060063031

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To the Editor:  —The editorial on "Current Criticisms of Medical Education" (The Journal, July 26), illustrates one point that appears again and again in the attitude of those who are responsible for our present policy of medical education when objections are raised. That point is the air of serene confidence that all is well, and of tolerant condescension with which criticisms of the prevailing policy are answered, without going to the trouble to consider seriously the objections themselves. The point is an important one because it is in effect a refusal to enter into frank discussion of the problems.If the question is raised as to the prohibitory cost of medical education except for the well to do, we are answered variously according to the circumstances: This has always been the situation for the poor boy. Or it is not prohibitory to the poor boy. Or the poor boy should

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