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Sept 1, 1969

Human Values and the Medical Curriculum: An Educator's Response

Author Affiliations

From the Health Sciences Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook.

JAMA. 1969;209(9):1349-1353. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160220039010

The Student Challenge  Our students this morning have cogently and feelingly detailed a damaging case against contemporary medical education and practice. They have also literally pleaded for us, their older colleagues, to listen to this case. Their sincerity and their urgency demand not only that we listen, but that we hear and that we respond responsibly and with a concern at least equal to theirs.It is my delicate task to attempt such a response. I speak as one member of the educational establishment who shares their interest in change, relevance, and the primacy of human values in medicine. I must, however, underline the personal nature of this response. I disclaim any role as an official representative, but I hope some of my thoughts are representative of those entertained by other concerned educators and practitioners.The students have used commendable clarity and brevity to detail the deficiencies in human values