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April 13, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(15):1362-1363. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970500046014

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Medical schools need the understanding and support of the medical profession and of the general public to an increasing degree if they are to continue to fulfill their vital role in meeting the health needs of the nation. Yet people sometimes forget that medical schools are necessary to provide the initial education of physicians, to train their associates who extend the services of physicians, and for the research that continually benefits both the profession and the public by creating scientific advances in preventive medicine, diagnosis, and therapy. For the second year, a week has been set aside during which a concerted effort will be made to arouse in the public a sense of the usefulness and needs of the medical schools, in order that these needs may be adequately met without resorting to federal financing. By background of education and professional concern with health, physicians are in a strategic position

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