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January 31, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(5):370-371. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660310044016

An "outsider" objectively examining the seemingly endless number of criticisms of current medical education may well gain the impression that the entire system, along with its substructure of preliminary or premedical training and the superstructure of internship, has been built on wrong lines. The adverse comments touch almost every detail of its architecture. We are told that, by reason of the prolonged course of study entailed, the present-day scheme tends to eliminate the poor boy from the pursuit of a medical career. One consequence of this is perhaps the reduction of the number of physicians in the rural districts. A recent report admits 1 that it was in former days chiefly students of small resources who, in immediate need of funds on graduation, were willing to accept the hardships and isolation of rural practice for the certainty of immediate returns. Yet whether in point of fact the "poor boy" forms

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