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May 1, 1948


Author Affiliations

New York M.D.

Civilian Consultant in Medicine to the Surgeon General of the United States Army.

JAMA. 1948;137(1):5-8. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890350007002

The state of medical education, as it exists in Germany and Austria today, may appear to have only a remote relation to the health of other portions of the world, and in particular to the problems of medical care in the United States. A moderate degree of reflection, however, will clearly demonstrate that the health of any large nation in the center of the continent reflects quickly on the health of all surrounding countries. Furthermore, those who have been familiar with the problems of medical licensure of foreign physicians during the past two decades will anticipate that this experience will be repeated as soon as it is possible for physicians of Germany and Austria to migrate to the United States. Inevitably, pressure will be brought to bear on the various licensure bodies to pass on the qualifications of the graduates of the German and Austrian medical schools, in order that