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On Entrance to Medical School in the Mid-1970s

J. Robert Buchanan, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1976;136(11):1326-1329. doi:10.1001/archinte.1976.03630110084022.
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Today begins an experience that can be expected to provide a lifelong opportunity for stimulation, challenge, and reward through service to others.

As in all other human endeavors, the opportunities of medicine are closely linked to its responsibilities. I intend to present my views as to how medical education can and cannot contribute to the alleviation of certain current medical care problems. Some of you will subscribe to my views; others will adopt differing positions. All of you must be concerned about these matters, because as responsible citizens and members of the profession, you will recognize that they possess the potential for far-reaching and long-term effects.

CRITICISMS OF MEDICINE  At the present time, more than ever, the public is critical of medicine and is increasingly attempting to influence, if not determine, the profession's future. What makes medicine and, to a lesser extent, the other health professions vulnerable to social and


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