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January 1971

Medical Students and Surgery: 1970

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Surg. 1971;102(1):81-86. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350010083022

The present thrust of medical education and activity is away from "specialism" and "medical science" toward bringing good medical care to those who do not have it. Medical students, impatiently in the forefront of this movement, are demanding the admission of more minority group students, a more personal type of education in medical school, a greater voice in control of curricular activities and the policies of the medical school, improved delivery of primary and family care to all segments of society, and action against social factors that cause ill health. Surgeons are being challenged to admit more minority groups and women to training in the surgical field, and further to involve themselves personally in the prevention of the diseases they treat.