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June 26, 1948


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Bronx, N.Y.

JAMA. 1948;137(9):807. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890430049019

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To the Editor:—  In the May 1 issue of The Journal there appeared on page 16 an article signed by Dr. Lochner of Albany, N.Y., concerning the evaluation of foreign medical graduates. Unfortunately, that article contains misleading statements; here is a quick review of some of the errors he committed:First, he did not even mention the existence of a tremendous difference among the various medical schools abroad; he simply englobed all of them, failing to distinguish between the very fine colleges (e.g., Paris, Lyon, Amsterdam) and some second class schools in certain European countries.Second, he failed to mention that among the foreign graduates who try to revalidate their medical credentials in this country, a very large percentage are American-born youths who for one reason or another went abroad to study. Thousands of American boys went to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England and other countries in Europe. It is a

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