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January 21, 1961

Forgotten Men

JAMA. 1961;175(3):256-257. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040030080024

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The frustration of our annual intern rushing season points out the deficit in our present system of medical education. The Bane Committee reports both a quantitative and qualitative falloff in medical school applicants. College students reject medicine as a career because of anticipated costs in time and money. Accurate information is not at hand to determine how many well-motivated young men simply give up the whole idea at the high school level. These are our forgotten men.These boys do not want to be male nurses. Still nursing schools are faced with higher costs and diminishing returns in female working graduates due to losses to matrimony and fecundity. An increasing family would provide male graduates with additional motivation toward continuance and advancement in his profession.It is proposed that organized medicine and our educational facilities be mobilized to educate these young men within the existing structure of

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