Altman, Lawrence K. "Wide Abuse of Medical Students Found," New York Times, 26 January
1990, p. B7.
This is a review of an article being published in JAMA concerning medical education. Surveys
reveal that medical students are abused by their teachers. This survey of approximately 10
percent of medical colleges indicates that the abuse of students is commonplace. This article
appears at a time when surveyors are concerned about the decline in applications to medical
colleges. The question behind the research appears to be: why the decline?
The abuse of students is likely to produce long-term effects, at least in the minds of the
respondents to the survey. Yet, in only 16 percent of the reported cases of abuse did the students
complain to school authorities about the abuse.
Students are reported to have suggested that had they known of the abuses they would undergo in
medical school, they would have chosen another profession.