Medicine: A Needle for the Doctors

Is there a shortage of doctors in the U.S.? And if so, why? One reason, said four learned laymen last week, is the doctors themselves—they keep their profession too exclusive.

The laymen were liberal arts deans, who had made a year's study of preprofessional education. Their bombshell was exploded in the academic calm of the American Conference of Academic Deans at Cincinnati last week. The four-man committee proposed a resolution declaring: "Annually several thousand students fully qualified in training, personality and temperament are denied admission to the professional [medical] training of their choice....

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