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April 28, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(17):1472-1473. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960520034011

Expressions of concern have become frequent regarding the rate at which young people are preparing for careers in the basic sciences. Lest anything hereinafter be construed as reflecting especially on the medical profession, be it noted that such expressions come also from engineers and from Canada as well as from the United States.1

Comparisons with other nations on the number of persons preparing for scientific careers are disquieting. The chairman of the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission has stated that "all of us are impressed by the disturbing fact that Russia appears to be training scientists and engineers at a faster rate than we are. Mr. Allen Dulles, the distinguished director of our Central Intelligence Agency, has publicly stated that between 1950 and 1960 Soviet Russia will have graduated 1,200,000 scientists and engineers, compared with about 900,000 in the United States in our present program.... Unless corrected, this situation,

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