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May 20, 1961

Basic Sciences

JAMA. 1961;176(7):634. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040200070020

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To the Editor:—  Two recent articles in The Journal stressed the need for more emphasis on the basic sciences and the replacement of the rotating internship by the mixed internship. This continual emphasis on specifics only results in limiting the scope of the medical man of the future, and, to me, this is deplorable. I thought a few words expressing the opinion of a practicing as well as teaching physician, who spent 10 years in general practice, followed by 23 years as a psychiatrist, might help in the resolution of the controversy about these important areas of education.First, in regard to the basic sciences, I know of no graduate of medicine who looks back with pleasure on his first year of medicine, except in expressing a sigh of relief that it is over. Why not humanize the basic sciences by giving along with them courses that correlate the sciences

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