To the Editor.
—So as to put my remarks in some realistic context, I will label myself as a "student activist." By this definition I mean that I believe that individuals have the responsibility to be active participants in their social and professional milieu, and that they must, when they that perceive portions or practices of these social or professional institutions have gone astray, take the responsibility upon themselves to attempt to set things right again. My remarks will be of a general nature. They will not deal with specific "humanistic" programs in medical education, but rather with the principles of humanism which must underlie all of medicine and medical practice. I want to raise the question of why the increased involvement in medical education of humanistically oriented persons is necessary at this time.I believe all that is right and good with American medicine is primarily due to the