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March 22, 1941

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1941;116(12):1325. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820120139030

The Contribution of Liberal Education to Professional Studies  OLIVER C. CARMICHAEL, LL.D.Chancellor, Vanderbilt UniversityNASHVILLE, TENN.The discussions of premedical education recorded in the medical journals have dealt primarily with the content of the curriculum. Some appear to favor a program highly restricted with a large amount of science training, others insist on a broader and more liberal selection of subjects outside the science field. One would judge that the majority is in favor of the latter plan, though the reasons for this opinion seem rather vague and indefinite. My purpose in this paper is to analyze the nature of the liberal arts program and the sort of contribution it should make to the development of the student and hence to his preparation for professional study, with special reference to preparation for the study of medicine. Some such analysis should throw light on the question of the desirable background