Volume 7, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The authors of this monograph review in a very interesting and well organized manner both undergraduate and post-graduate curricula in preventive medicine and public health in 19 European countries. For the factual data the authors have drawn heavily on information furnished by two conferences on medical and public health training organized by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and have also used material from personal interviews with medical educators in the various countries. The monograph impresses one with its clear and accurate presentation.

The countries dealt with in this report have analyzed carefully and boldly their undergraduate medical curricula. They believe that the medical undergraduate is taught “too much scientific detail and too little of the broad principles and the humanistic basis of medicine in a modern society.” Real effort is being made to give the medical student experiences with patients other than in wards and out-patient departments.Homes, factories,mines, and offices are increasingly used as sites for medical education in order to help the student “see and assess a social situation, put himself inthe patient's shoes, and be instrumental in securing for the patient social remedies which are often part and parcel of a comprehensive treatment.”


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