Doctors: No. 1 at No. 1

In most of the 84 U.S. medical schools, one of the least sought-after jobs is the post of dean. Although deans are usually M.D.s, they have no chance to practice and are usually dismissed by their colleagues as "doctors who don't know enough to be professors." Even at Harvard, where the dean of the faculty of medicine heads both the medical and dental schools and is a recognized leader in his profession, the then president, James Bryant Conant, 16 years ago had to convince the man of his choice that "Harvard furnishes an...

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