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November 4, 1961

Preparation for Medical Education; A Restudy

JAMA. 1961;178(5):531. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040440083027

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This book has 3 major parts: ( 1 ) a summary of the 1950-1952 school study performed in the same school group by essentially the same investigators as the present study; (2) a report of the restudy; and (3) a report of the Third Buck Hill Falls Conference held in 1958.

The first 2 parts form a very scholarly, well written, and complete discussion of the major educational components of premedical education. This presentation is within the framework of the larger problem of general education at the college level and, thus, provides an excellent and well-balanced picture. The effective presentation of premedical education as one facet of a much larger problem is perhaps the most valuable aspect of the report.

Because the area of study is admittedly lacking in useful quantitative data, the dependence on impressions for comparisons seems overdone. This is not to criticize the impressions, but rather an expression of

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