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April 1965

Educating Tomorrow's Doctors.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(4):430-431. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720340102020

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This interesting book was written by a clinical psychologist at Western Reserve School of Medicine during the time when the curriculum was undergoing a radical revision. It is a tale of how 20 individuals reacted to the stressful environment of one medical school, and of how they grew and matured. It illustrates (a better word might be dramatizes) the sources and consequences of the many stresses-within the individual, his family, his culture, his peers, and within the rest of the medical school environment. The focus throughout is on these 20 students, including their status five years after graduation.

Although faculties can be heard to say that only individuals learn, a good deal of faculty behavior is not consonant with that philosophy. Here, we see illustrated not only the individuality of the learner, but the unpredictability of the consequences of faculty behavior on learning. It was

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