ROBERT P. HUDSON, M.D.
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There are a number of curious and contradictory phenomena in medical schools today. Students decry the "dehumanization" of their education, but in droves they ignore the humanities electives offered on campus.
Basic scientists, who would not think of exploring a new problem without reviewing the appropriate literature (history!), see no value in studying the logicalprocesses and mindsets that led their forebears to success and failure in the laboratory. (Is it really always more important to know what a man did than how he did it—the product of his mentation rather than the process itself?)
Clinical professors talk of "the well-rounded
HUDSON RP. Medical History—Another Irrelevance?. Ann Intern Med. ;72:956–957. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-6-956
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(6):956-957.
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