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April 1969

The New Students

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(4):467-468. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300140113025

The medical profession, in common with other elements of our society, is beginning to vibrate with the stirrings of its student youth. There is a mood of "action" and "change" in the air, and though, as of this writing (late January), no medical dean's office has yet been occupied by insistent militants, many a dean has had his moments of preoccupation with the questions raised by articulate young students. Bob Graham's letter to the editor (this issue, p 469) is one such example, and the more recent policy statements of the officers of the Student AMA (see the New Physician, Sept 1968) is another such example. With its history of constantly seeking new ways to deal with clinical problems the profession should be comfortable with the influx of questioning students. But a confrontation between generations whose differences of style and manner are strikingly apparent for all to see may not