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February 15, 1965

Who Shall Enter?

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio

Department of Medical Education and Hospitals

JAMA. 1965;191(7):605. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080070089034

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To the Editor:—  In response to the editorial of Nov 16, 1964 (JAMA190:677) regarding the supply of applicants, may I say that there are some of us in medical education who look upon your statement that "good applicants will still be turned away" as a declaration of defeat. At least to date.Every American boy who is willing and able should be allowed his medical training. No attempt to limit anyone's professional ambitions on the basis of geographic or economic factors should be permitted.Under the present conditions we are denying our Hippocratic oath when we teach only 100 of the 170 applicants. Our obligation is not to the "public welfare" but to the entirety of humanity on this earth. The future of American medicine lies not in the present expediency of importing physicians but in the training of every able American for his role in the world.

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