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November 29, 1958


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2836 The Mall Los Angeles 23.

JAMA. 1958;168(13):1803-1804. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000130069020

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To the Editor:—  Recently (J. A. M. A.168:693-694 [Oct. 4] 1958), there appeared another article on the problem of internships. This problem has been stated by all parties concerned except the one most important and most inarticulate—the intern. From his standpoint, the shortage is fictitious. Hospitals which consider him a service will always have trouble filling, and nothing can or should be done to ease their plight. Actually, they should be removed from the approved list.The only really justifiable purpose of the internship (other than the iatrogenic one of fulfilling the law of the state in which one desires to practice) is to provide a continuation of practical education. This is well worded by Jeghers (New England J. Med. 259:718-720 [Oct. 9] 1958): "Didactic knowledge and work experience gained in student days in medical school have no permanent value until the physician intern assumes the responsibility

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