World Summit on Medical Education: The Changing Medical Profession (Medical Education, 28, Suppl 1)BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6956.749 (Published 17 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:749
- Z-J Playdon
Ed Henry Walton Blackwell Scientific, £8, pp 171 ISSN 1352-3939/94
The key message of the summit on world medical education is that there will need to be a radical change in medicine if worldwide requirements for health care are to be met.
The opening speakers, from the United Nations, WHO, World Bank, Unesco, and Unicef identify three main concerns. Firstly, there is the ethical and practical problem of poverty, which excludes a quarter of the world from modern health care; secondly, and associated crucially with this, is the degradation of world ecology and the consequent reduction of world economic resource; and thirdly, the need to re-educate doctors and patients into a new relationship as equal partners in collaborative health care, as a …