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April 30, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(18):1577-1578. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730440057018

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The Reform of Medical Education  In a previous letter was reported a discussion at the Edinburgh University Union on the need of the reform of medical education. Under the caption "The Student in Irons," Dr. C. M. Wilson, dean of the Medical School of St. Mary's Hospital, has written on the same subject and initiated a discussion in the British Medical Journal. Dr. Wilson complains that the medical curriculum is based on a misconception—that its purpose seems to be not to train and test habits of thought but to collect and store a set of facts as squirrels hoard nuts on which they hibernate. These facts are to be the student's capital, and he must perforce live on it throughout his working life, for he has not been put in the way of adding to his possessions as time passes. Presently it shrinks and he must needs replace it by