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May 29, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(5):331. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840220063021

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To the Editor:—  The "sweeping new" Army-Navy program, proposed to go into effect this June, deserves some comment at this time. The program includes fifteen months of "premedical" education and three years of concentrated formal medical education followed by a year of internship.The practice of medicine is still both an art and a science. The country doctor, of whom the whole profession is proud, practiced more of the art than the science. But, to practice the art of medicine requires two essentials: culture and maturity. Today is an age of dehydration and compression, but neither culture nor maturity can be compressed. As far as the science is concerned there are many men, not of the production line species, who are still learning after years of faithful application. The scientific method demands background, experience and attention to detail.I am not so far removed from my school days to remember

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