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Medical and Biological Research in Israel

Mark D. Altschule, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(3):472. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620030160038.
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This is a remarkable book and in many ways an interesting one as well. It comprises reviews of papers published by Israeli biologists and physicians during the first ten years of Israel's existence. The reviews are based on 2,000 papers chosen from among the 5,000 published in that period. (The basis of the choice is not given.)

Israel has nearly twice as many physicians per thousand of population as the United States; about 90 per cent of them were trained in European medical schools. (Israel itself has graduated only about 500 physicians.) About half of Israel's physicians entered that country after 1948, many of them after harrowing and tragic experiences in Europe. The integration of these physicians, trained in various traditions and speaking many different languages, into a profession charged with patient care, public health, research, and teaching appears to have been achieved with remarkable rapidity, as evidenced by the


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