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June 1, 1957

SCIENCE AND MEDICAL EDUCATION

JAMA. 1957;164(5):541-544. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980050031009
Abstract

• Three essential qualities of the ideal physician are that he be a cultivated man, that he be capable of compassionate and perceptive responses, and that, above all, he be a scientist, for it is this quality that distinguishes him from any of the well-veneered and sympathetic practitioners of the healing arts. The primary responsibility of the medical school is the development of scientific understanding, and the curriculum must be oriented more to understanding than to knowledge.

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