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Improving Medical Education in Therapeutics

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*This paper was authored by B. Robert Meyer, M.D. and was developed for the Health and Public Policy Committee by the Clinical Pharmacology Subcommittee: Paul D. Stolley, M.D., Chairman; David C. Lewis, M.D.; Victor Herbert, M.D.; Stuart L. Nightingale, M.D.; B. Robert Meyer, M.D.; William M. Bennett, M.D.; and Paul P. Carbone, M.D. Members of the Health and Public Policy Committee were Richard G. Farmer, M.D., Chairman; John R. Hogness, M.D.; Edward W. Hook, M.D.; Edwin A. Maynard, M.D.; Michael A. Nevins, M.D.; Richard B. Hornick, M.D.; Paul D. Stolley, M.D.; Charles E. Lewis, M.D.; John M. Eisenberg, M.D.; Malcolm L. Peterson, M.D.; Theodore C. Eickhoff, M.D.; and William L. Hughes. This paper was adopted by the Board of Regents on 26 June 1987.

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Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(1):145-147. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-108-1-145
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Modern medical education has not dealt as effectively as it should with education of physicians in therapeutics. A traditional emphasis on the critical importance of correct diagnosis has not been followed by appropriate concern with the problems of therapeutics. Given the facts outlined below, this deficiency needs correction.

In the four decades since World War II, the United States has had a revolution in drug therapy. Even with the removal of more than 5000 products from the market as the result of the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Efficacy Study Implementation program, which was conceived in 1968, well over 8000


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