Doctors: Training for Tomorrow's Needs

The manifesto rang with a tone of bitter disappointment. "We are growing intellectually passive," it said. "Much of our time is squandered in academic exercises from which we learn little."

Rigid curriculum, formal teaching methods, an overlong lecture schedule —little about their studies seemed to please the 25 students who presented their complaints to Dr. Robert H. Ebert, dean of Harvard's prestigious medical school.

The dean was neither annoyed nor surprised. A relative newcomer to the job (TIME, July 9), he was just back from a White House conference where he had, like his students, questioned most of the basic assumptions of...

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