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August 3, 1963

Cause, Effect, and Correction

JAMA. 1963;185(5):371-375. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060050049020

YOU HAVE JUST HEARD from Dr. Willard an analysis of the financial status of American medical schools that clearly delineated the title of this portion of the morning's program. That there are "have" and "have-not" medical schools is not a matter of debate—rather, it is one of the facts of life in today's medical education.

Someone obviously spent a great deal of time in phrasing the titles of the morning's presentations. They are eye-catching titles, designed to stimulate interest. That they have accomplished their purpose is indicated by the size of the audience.

But titles attractive to audiences may impose crushing burdens on the speaker. It is difficult for some of us to live up to the advance billing. The title of my presentation, for instance, presages perspicacity and promises prescience that cannot possibly be produced by the speaker. What you are about to hear is neither perfect in its

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