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November 20, 1948

Die Bildung des Arztes: Ein Beitrag zur Bildung des Menschen überhaupt

JAMA. 1948;138(12):931-932. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900120073043

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Abstract

This is an interesting monograph comprising a series of lectures presented at the University of Heidelberg on the problems of general and professional education facing Germany today.

The roots of the present depression in medical education can be traced as far back as the first World War, as shown by the comparatively few contributions to medical knowledge published in German periodicals since that time.

Social economic conditions, the Nazi-autocratic restriction of scientific interchange with other countries, have interfered with medical progress as compared with England and America.

Racial prejudice and war psychoses have been a further factor, and the story of the Nuremberg trials distinctly reflected the low plane to which the greatness of German medicine had fallen.

The present chaotic state of German medical education is ascribed to four causes: (1) the lowering of premedical educational standards, the mass admission of large numbers of students poorly prepared for the

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