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December 11, 1967

Medical Ventures and the University: New Values and New Validities

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md

JAMA. 1967;202(11):1058-1059. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130240100032

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Readers who seek the crucial questions of modern medical education and the direct answers to them will be disappointed with this 210page account of the 13th AAMC institute. The contributors recognize the inevitability of major social change, they agree that the dilemmas of the medical school are early evidences of the general problems the universities will face, and they proclaim the great importance of reforming the anachronistic character of our medical schools but, except for a few comments, such as those by Colin MacLeod, John Millis, or Lowell Coggeshall, I find no sense of the missions just completed or of solid battle plans. The deans seem almost willing to support a major revolution against the status quo, but not quite, and not now.

Vagueness is commonplace in this book, and the themes are worthy of that great equivocator, Polonius. It is difficult to serve yet not be subservient; or to