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December 7, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;115(23):2001-2002. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810490057015

TEACHING OF SOCIAL MEDICINE  According to a recent study "A total of 715 courses covering one or more topics on social medicine was offered by 139 colleges and universities."1 In addition there were more than a thousand courses in which one or more lectures were devoted to some aspects of social medicine. The 715 full and part courses were analyzed as to the frequency of the topics included. Thus, 432 courses treated "social and economic problems affecting public and individual health," 295 dealt with "health insurance, general," 180 with "voluntary health insurance," and 37 with "compulsory health insurance." There were 112 full courses on social medicine given at sixty-three colleges and universities. These are scattered through a variety of departments, some of which would seem to be scarcely related to the subject. Twenty courses are in the department of biologic sciences, thirty-eight in physical education and hygiene, twenty-seven in