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June 4, 1960


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745 Graydon Ave. Norfolk 7, Va.

JAMA. 1960;173(5):575. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020230101027

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To the Editor:—  As a foreign graduate I was interested in your recent editorial on the problem of the foreign-trained intern (J. A. M. A.172:1048 [March 5] 1960). From personal experience, I am able to confirm the fact that certain hospitals look on the foreign graduate as a source of cheap labor to be exploited for examining patients without consideration to furthering their medical education or skills.Some remarks in your otherwise excellent editorial are presumptuous. Most medical graduates have been used to adequate food and middle-class surroundings. For a sophisticated, educated person there is little to admire in most of American television, and American movies are available the world over. The food I received in the internship, which I left in short order, was as low in quality as any I had eaten in England during the worst part of the war. Furthermore, a foreign intern has

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