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October 30, 1967

The Medical School of a Land-Grant University and Its Relation to the Health Care of the State: Medical Manpower—A Continuing Crisis

Author Affiliations

From the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia.

JAMA. 1967;202(5):404-406. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130180070013

For more than a century the federal government and the land-grant educational institutions have shared a partnership which demonstrated cooperative endeavor without mutual interference. Continuing objectives of the partnership have been the development and rapid application of new knowledge in agriculture and engineering for the direct benefit of the public. From this relationship have come dramatic changes in the pattern of rural life and the creation of the most productive agricultural system in the world.

The system established by land-grant colleges and universities is most interesting when compared with present day health problems and proposed solutions. The first of the enabling legislation for these schools was passed in 1862. It represented an attempt to equalize opportunities in education and in employment. However, mitigation of an obvious economic need was not the sole aim of the architects of the Morrill Act. They were prompted, also, by an acute awareness of widespread