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August 20, 1955

A LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF INTERNAL MEDICINE

JAMA. 1955;158(16):1414-1416. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960160008003
Abstract

The swirling progress of 20th century medicine has left us all a little breathless and has created problems that seem to multiply faster than we can solve them. Not the least of these has been the structure of our system of medical education that, one would judge, has opened its seams a bit and is beginning to take water. There is abroad in our land, indeed the whole medical world, a feeling that something should be done about something; but if I sense the situation correctly, we have not yet clearly defined that "something." This medical ferment is inescapably intertwined with the training of our future physicians. It is about this and the connotations it has for the future of internal medicine that I wish to discuss here. I can probably do little to dispel the fog in which we find ourselves afloat, but I hope I can point out

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