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February 1959

Human Values in Medicine

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1959;78(2):181-183. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1959.04320020003001

The North American Chapter of the International Cardiovascular Society confers upon its president an unusual opportunity, that of retaining office over a two-year period. This carries with it the unique responsibility of delivering two presidential addresses. Last year I spoke on a scientific subject. This year I propose to speak in a more philosophic vein.

Each generation owes a debt to society, an obligation to see to it that the next can live an even fuller, richer, more rewarding life than it has enjoyed. We in medicine have a particular responsibility to the medical profession of the future and to the people it serves. How can we make sure that succeeding generations of medical graduates are well prepared for the opportunities and responsibilities which will be theirs?

The proper education of young men and women in medicine can be accomplished only if certain basic requirements are met. There must be

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