Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


A distinguished Professor of Medicine, on both sides of the Atlantic, and former Dean of McGill Faculty of Medicine, has provided his perceptions on the present state of medical education. Though the title is, “Medical Education and the State: The Changing Pattern in Ten Countries,” actually, observations principally concern Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States. Dr. Christie exhibits the bias of the academic internist and a rather traditional view of the structure, function, and purpose of medical education. The author offers interesting and useful excursions through the vicissitudes of medical education in the countries selected, providing insight into the way medical students become physicians, research is performed, and health service provided. The need for health manpower, and financial support provide rational for intervention by the State in medical education, not always adequately discussed. Unfortunately omission of lesser developed countries, some Communist countries, France, Germany, etc., seriously impairs the comparative usefulness of the work.


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