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Abraham Flexner

  • American educator
  • Born November 13, 1866
  • Died September 21, 1959

Abraham Flexner (November 13, 1866 – September 21, 1959) was an American educator, best known for his role in the 20th century reform of medical and higher education in the United States and Canada.After founding and directing a college-preparatory school in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Flexner published a critical assessment of the state of the American educational system in 1908 titled The American College: A Criticism. His work attracted the Carnegie Foundation to commission an in-depth evaluation into 155 medical schools in the US and Canada.


Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education... no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.




Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.




Medical education is not just a program for building knowledge and skills in its recipients... it is also an experience which creates attitudes and expectations.



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