The fifty-first annual report of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals which appears in this issue of The Journal summarizes basic data concerning medical schools and students in the United States and Canada and presents information and statistics on many subjects of current importance.
Last year's prediction that the freshman class might reach 7,500 within a few years already appears close to realization. The 1950 freshman class totaled 7,182 students and the 1951 freshman class will number approximately 7,400. The total student enrolment of 26,191 exceeds last year's total by more than 1,000 and exceeds the total for 1940-1941, the last pre-war year, by almost 5,000. The full magnitude of this expansion in the capacity of the medical schools may be appreciated when it is realized that it is equivalent to the establishment of 15 new medical schools of average size. These growing enrolments are reflected in the increasing