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August 1961

Bedside Diagnosis

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(2):320-321. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620080152020

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We live in an age of committees. The medical historian of 2061 will probably head one chapter: "1960-1970: The Decade of Committees Upon Medical Education." Committees seem to have three different effects, as do fatty acids upon the serum cholesterol. One effect is to encourage democracy, which, like the influence of corn oil upon the serum cholesterol, is a Good Thing. Some effects are neutral, like that of oleic acid; committees keep people out of mischief, relieve guilt feelings, and bolster the ego. The third effect is to discourage thought and action, which, like saturated fat, is probably a Bad Thing. Over 300 years ago Pascal wrote that " most of the evils of this world are due to man's inability to sit alone in a room and think." After plodding through reports of uncontrolled experiments upon medical education, I have a sneaking empathy for Beachcomber of London's Daily Express, who

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