Few medical educators who have thought about their task would disagree with the conclusion of a Dana Atchley or a George Engel that there are skills and knowledge common to the competent practice of any field of medicine, even without agreeing on exactly what is common to all. The teaching of these is, or should be, the main duty of a school of medicine. Other skills and knowledge, more peripheral but still essential, must also be acquired by clinicians in their particular specialties. Three chief difficulties face curriculum committees in laying out a proper syllabus. What are the central, or
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