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November 1962

Boys in White: Student Culture in Medical School

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(5):702-703. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590110138023

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Abstract

This book concerns a study of the medical students at the University of Kansas by a team of sociologists. The findings are based on their analysis of the actions and statements of the pupils under consideration. The first feature that impresses the reader is how similar to the experiences at Kansas are those encountered in his own medical school. Actually, one is left with the impression that he could have written the same book without spending time, money, and effort in such a sociologic investigation. Therefore, naturally, one wonders for whom this book was produced. Certainly not for the graduate physician—he has experienced most of the points presented between the covers of this volume. Of course, it does provide him with a certain amount of nostalgia. Was it written for the student? It does forewarn him of the trials and tribulations ahead. The teacher should realize most of the self-evident

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