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February 18, 1961


JAMA. 1961;175(7):606-607. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040070064016

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A participant in a recent national conference of directors of special clinics for a certain type of handicap made two revealing statements. The first was a flat dictum that because of the highly technical and delicate nature of the work done in the clinic, medical students, interns, and even assistant residents are excluded from participating in the evaluating and counselling in the clinic. The second statement, which was made later during another session of the same conference, was an expression of frustration that the graduates of that school did not have interest in the particular condition or apply for residencies in it even though they had a lecture course on the subject.

Until medical students are treated as men and women with interest, appreciation, and ethical feeling we cannot expect them to have these vital characteristics when suddenly some fine day in June they receive their degree.

There is no

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