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August 4, 1962


Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass.

JAMA. 1962;181(5):435-436. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050310075015

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As stated elsewhere in this issue (p. 389) by Dr. Kurt W. Deuschle, "The major purpose of medical education is to educate all types of physicians needed to provide medical services to society...." The recent explosion in developments in medical knowledge and techniques, however, has tremendously increased the difficulties in maturing the educational processes necessary to bring to the public the many benefits of these advances.

The much-discussed doctor shortage, the acknowledgedly long and costly preparation for medical practice, the frequently expressed concern over the decreasing number of highly qualified applicants to our present schools, the large number of internships and the too few new graduates to fill them, and the continuing popularity of the specialties as opposed to family practice, give cause for deep concern about present concepts and methodologies and suggest the need for a thoughtful, unprejudiced, and imaginative look at our entire educational program.

The points considered