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October 20, 1969

The Future of Medicine: The Role of the Consumer

Author Affiliations

From Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Mr. Millis is now with the National Fund for Medical Education, Cleveland.

JAMA. 1969;210(3):498-501. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160290050010

As representative of the universities and medical schools of the United States, I congratulate the University of Nebraska Medical Center on the important occasion of its 100th anniversary. But may I remind you that, when a university or a medical school achieves an age of 100 years, a century, it really only attains its majority. This can be compared, perhaps, with attaining the age of 21 for the individual. You see, therefore, that the University of Nebraska Medical Center has merely gone through infancy and part of the teens.

It is an occasion to rejoice about, but it is not an occasion to feel any pangs of incipient senility. I am reminded of the fact that the span of years that has been covered by the history of this university and this medical school has been a very exciting century within the area of medicine and medical education. It has