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February 9, 1957

UNSHACKLING MEDICAL EDUCATION

JAMA. 1957;163(6):455-456. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970410045014

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Abstract

In Chicago today, over 800 physicians and others interested in medical education and licensure are gathering for a four-day congress. A full half-day session led by six experts looks ahead to medical education tomorrow—devoting intensive study to "lasting values," "the whole patient," medical education "structuring," and "the underlying cause of unrest in university medicine."

All this current interest points up the fact that, almost unnoticed by a large segment of the profession, medical education in the United States in recent years has been undergoing some basic changes. Now it is revealed that these changes are on the verge of being codified. They promise even better medical service for the entire community through the final unshackling of restrictions binding student and faculty alike.

It evolves from a medical revolution that occurred in 1910 when an analysis by Dr. Abraham Flexner unearthed the scandalous inadequacy of medical schools. His report revealed that

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