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A History of Yale's School of MedicinePassing Torches to Others$
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Gerard N. Burrow

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092073

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092073.001.0001

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Flexner's Report and Blumer's Deanship

Flexner's Report and Blumer's Deanship

The Defining Years

(p.65) 4 Flexner's Report and Blumer's Deanship
A History of Yale's School of Medicine

Gerard N. Burrow

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how two items of business during an otherwise uneventful Yale Corporation meeting on March 21, 1910 shaped the future success of the medical school. “The Secretary read the confidential report prepared by Dr. Abraham Flexner on the condition of Yale Medical School,” and later in the meeting “the President spoke of possible changes in the scope of Professor Smith's work in the medical school, but no formal action was taken.” Flexner's report had been prompted by growing discontent with medical education amid a proliferation of proprietary schools across the country. The Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association approached Henry Pritchett of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching about conducting a study of medical education in the United States and Canada.

Keywords:   Yale Corporation, medical school, Yale Medical School, Dr. Abraham Flexner, Professor Smith, medical education, The Cuncil on Medical Education, American Medical Association

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