There is a strident cry throughout the nation for a more effective solution to the health problems of the country. Two themes are heard constantly: create more physicians and restructure the curriculum so that the education of the physician is more relevant to the health care needs of the people. It is becoming increasingly apparent as the universities attempt to deal with these issues of quantity and focus that the desired goals may inadvertently forfeit the singular characteristic of a university. So important is the potentially undesirable consequences for the universities and for society that it is extremely necessary that we look very carefully at what we seem to be about.
Almost all discussions of the health problems of our nation are set against a background of what are currently the areas of distress in our society. These include the issues of malnutrition, inadequate housing, insufficient and disrupted educational facilities,