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May 19, 1951


Author Affiliations

Director, Department of Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

JAMA. 1951;146(3):279-280. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670030057025

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To the Editor:  —The major aim of all medical teaching is to insure the best possible care for the patient. In surgery this aim has been particularly expressed in the postgraduate training program. The evidence for the developing attainment of this goal is at hand. The most striking evidence is the splendid record of well trained young civilian surgeons in military service during World War II. Every year more and more graduated residents are choosing the smaller communities for practice wherever good hospital facilities are present or in prospect. Although there are still far from enough men of first rate background to carry out all the operations that are daily performed in this country, yet striking progress has been made and there is justified hope that within a reasonable period a well trained surgeon will be available to every citizen. During the past few years a threat to the realization

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