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August 6, 1973

Peer Review

JAMA. 1973;225(6):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220330049023

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To the Editor.—  Dr. Peterson's experience (224:884, 1973) suggests that medical students are more willing to accept peer review than are their older colleagues in residency programs or in practice. The medical student is inexperienced, is not actually responsible for the life-and-death care of the patient, and is more easily influenced by the strongly expressed opinions of his teachers and professors. Before Dr. Peterson commits himself completely to the position that peer review should be taught to medical students, he should wait several years and check with these same individuals whom he has so instructed, to determine any changes of attitude that may have occurred after they graduated, after they had assumed positions of direct responsibility for patients, and after they had matured in their judgment of professional matters.Peer review, like motherhood, is good; but do not try to sell us the idea on the basis of the reactions