It has almost become a truism that during the last two decades the standards of medical education have been tremendously improved and the endowments of schools of medicine enormously increased. The amazing advancement in the methods of training the undergraduate student in medicine easily surpasses that of any other phase of educational endeavor. This means that better equipment is provided for laboratory teaching, that the personnel of medical faculties has been enlarged and as a whole improved in quality, and that more adequate and superior hospital facilities have been provided for clinical instruction. It is, however, manifest that insufficient emphasis has been placed on teaching the prevention and control of disease. Moreover, it has become increasingly evident to leaders of medical thought that the preventive aspects of medicine have not been sufficiently stressed in the medical curriculum as a whole, and I think it is also generally agreed that if
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