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September 13, 1971

Mainstreams of Medicine: Essays on the Social and Intellectual Context of Medical Practice

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Galveston

JAMA. 1971;217(11):1555. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190110073030

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To herald its entrance into the mainstreams of modern science, the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio sponsored a series of lectures for freshman students in 1969. Conceived by David Kronick, professor of medical bibliography at the new medical school, the series received "obstetrical" assistance from Lester King who, as editor, now offers these lectures for those who wish "to appreciate new currents in medicine and to participate therein."

Kronick introduces the volume with a plea for medical educators to include philosophy, sociology, and history—even music, art, poetry, literature, and drama—in their curricular aspirations. Social contexts of medical practice are discussed by Chauncey Leake, George Rosen, René Dubos, John Knowles, David Rutstein, and Thomas Ham. Some intellectual contexts of medical practice are analyzed by Harry Dowling, Douglas Bond, Lester King, and Henry Beecher. Collectively, the essays introduce patterns and problems within various streams of medical science, medical education,