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JAMA Revisited
June 4, 2019

Deficient Instruction in Biology in High Schools

JAMA. 2019;321(21):2138. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.15363

Originally Published June 3, 1944 | JAMA. 1944;125(5):356- 357.

The medical profession cannot be indifferent to widespread public ignorance of biologic facts and principles. The health of a people must rest in part on well disseminated knowledge of man’s biologic friends and enemies, of a sound nutrition, of man’s own bodily functions, of how and what he inherits, and of the sure relation between cause and effect. Much experience has shown that comprehension of these and other related matters is usually not obtained through short exposures to formal training in the various biologic subjects in our schools. A recent report1 on this subject by a committee appointed by the Union of American Biological Societies indicates serious deficiencies which call for suitable action by those who can assist in obtaining adequate biologic instruction in our high schools.