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March 5, 1927


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JAMA. 1927;88(10):723-725. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680360001015

The medical curriculum has been the apple of discord thrown regularly into the midst of every medical faculty and of every other medical group interested in the advance of medical education. It has had its share of praise and blame. It has become something of a fetish to be guarded by boards of medical examiners and by the overdepartmentalized members of our medical faculties. In one way it symbolizes our efforts to date to bring into a short space of medical training all that laboratory science and clinical experience have contributed to the diagnosis and care of the sick. As it stands now it is a wofully inadequate structure which in spite of the best of spirit has not served to give those who have struggled and suffered through it the capacity to practice medicine or surgery.

The curriculum is simply a compromise effort on the part of those looking

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