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The American Medical School Between the World Wars

Kenneth M. Ludmerer

in Time to Heal

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195181364
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850167 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181364.003.0002
The American Medical School Between the World Wars

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Typically regarded as a quiet time in American medical education, the interwar period was in fact highly dynamic. Medical research advanced and medical schools grew in size, wealth, and complexity. The values associated with the Flexnerian revolution became generalized—particularly the commitment of medical schools to research. If American medical schools after World War II were to grow so large as to dwarf pre-World War II medical schools, that was because a solid institutional infrastructure was already in place that could effectively utilize the massive infusion of federal and private funds.

Keywords: medical education; medical research; medical schools; medical care system

Chapter.  14839 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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