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May 12, 1989

Saigon Medical School: An Experiment in International Medical Education (An Account of the American Medical Association's Medical Education Project in South Viet Nam, 1966-1975)

JAMA. 1989;261(18):2717-2718. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420180143050

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It is remarkable how quickly a current event becomes history. Even more remarkable is how certain events, when their history is read, seem nearly inexplicable. How did the events of the time make logical the actions?

This book is a serious, almost day-by-day explication of how the American Medical Association and substantial university medical centers got involved in seeking to create an American medical school and hospital satellite in Saigon, Vietnam.

This report is by three of those who were deeply involved. All three of the authors gave years of their prime time and effort to the Americanization of the Saigon Medical School, and my remarks, written more than a decade after the departure of the United States from Vietnam, have the obvious flaw of carping from the safety of today, without the pressures of patriotism, the desire to demonstrate commitment, or the excitement that swept up these medical educators