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January 3, 1977

Re: "Troubles in Medical Academe": A Clarification

JAMA. 1977;237(1):26. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270280028011

To the Editor.—  In an editorial on July 26 (236:388, 1976), H. H. Hussey described my article in the New England Journal of Medicine (294:1118-1119, 1976) as a spring that ended in a dive rather than a vault. In support of this conclusion, he noted that (1) Harvard's dean had called my action irresponsible, (2) I had apologized, and (3) in the New York Times, President Cooper of the Association of American Medical Colleges had convincingly explained why my charges were not true.On the contrary, now that the initial furor has abated, it seems clear that my message has brought into the open concerns that are widely felt, at least among those who have teaching contact with students and not simply administrative contact with symbols. It is important to recognize these concerns about standards for graduation, for we must ensure that our minority programs succeed, and the greatest threat to