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August 26, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(9):713-714. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740340065011

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Times of financial stress have at least the mitigating value that they stimulate analysis of objectives and a critical appraisal of methods. Higher education has not been exempt from this scrutiny and in many instances a radical reorganization has taken place. Medicine, as indicated by the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care and the Commission on Medical Education, is facing new problems, of which none is of more far-reaching significance than the determination of the kind and extent of practice for which the medical student should be trained.

Dr. Alan Gregg of the Rockefeller Foundation, at the last Annual Congress on Medical Education and Licensure, reviewed the fundamental characteristics of medical education in Europe, emphasizing the totally different concepts that prevail in the northern countries from those embodied in the customs of the nations farther south. Where population is sparse, cities few and transportation poorly developed, medical practice is

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