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April 9, 1960


Author Affiliations

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, N. Y.

JAMA. 1960;172(15):1654-1655. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020150078017

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NLIKE other great countries, from Greece through the Arabic and the Italian states, Napoleonic France, Victorian England, and Bismarck's Germany, the United States has not been an international center of medical education. Instead of providing undergraduate training for doctors from less advanced countries, as have all other great powers and as Russia does today, the United States admits practically no foreign youths to its medical schools and adsorbs hundreds of graduates of foreign schools which are less able to give them optimal training. Some of these are United States citizens who go abroad, others come as interns. One-third of our interns were educated abroad, but most of them do not come in contact with teaching centers of the United States, and if they return to their homelands they often carry a sorry image of medicine in the United States. This is in distressing contrast to those who took their degrees

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