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June 16, 1962

Education and the Freedom of Man

Author Affiliations

Ithaca, N.Y.

JAMA. 1962;180(11):936-939. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050240032007

IN CASE you are concerned by the broad scope of my subject, to inaugurate a session devoted to "International Educational Exchange in Medicine," let me assure you that this was the suggestion of your Council's Secretary—not an hallucination of grandeur on my part. Yet I assume the task without trepidation, in this year of 1962, which finds the American people caught up in the fast swirl of mounting problems on every front, when the common man is called upon by his very citizenship to be educated in many a direction, if freedom is to be maintained.

To be sure, the medical profession is keeping our nerve-taut bodies alive by ingenious prescriptions of antibiotics and sedatives; yet there is apparently in medical lore no potion to sharpen the mind to sensitivity to our national and international perils. This is the task of general education, apart from all of the specialties which