JOHN R. ELLIS, M.D., F.R.C.P.
Attitudes and values in medicine vary with the nature of the individual, his education and training, and the circumstances of his professional life. Comparisons are drawn between medical education in Britain 40 years ago and today. Though education has changed, British students are still mainly motivated by a desire to care for sick people. The impact of personal medicine on a country that has long accepted the need for some kind of national health service is described. It is postulated that as government and public become increasingly involved in health care, it is of paramount importance that medical education should provide a clear understanding of what a profession is and inculcate a determination to maintain true professional status. New responsibilities of the profession, to the public at large and to society, are suggested. The ability of medical education to exert a good influence on concern for human values in medicine depends in the final analysis on the ability to show excellence to medical students.
ELLIS JR. Human Values in Medical Education. Ann Intern Med. 1976;85:659–668. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-5-659
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(5):659-668.
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