The Ecology of the Medical Student

Report of the Fifth Teaching Institute, Association of American Medical Colleges, by Helen H. Lee and Robert J. Glaser, editors. 262 pages, illustrated. Evanston, Ill., Association of American Medical Colleges, 1958. Cloth $5.00, paper $2.00

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This book reports the proceedings of the Fifth A.A.M.C. Teaching Institute held in Atlantic City, N. J. in October, 1957. These Institutes have been supported by grants from the Commonwealth Fund and the Public Health Service and the first three were concerned with basic medical sciences. Their value cannot be in doubt, for several medical schools have revised their curricula in the light of the topics discussed. But there are many factors other than those listed in the curriculum that bear upon the education of a doctor. The main topic of the Fourth Institute was the selection of medical students and that of the Fifth is the environment of the school with particular reference to the environmental factors which affect the development of professional attitudes and human and social values. The participants were representatives from 99 medical schools; 86 in the United States, 11 in Canada, 1 in Puerto Rico, and 1 in Britain.