On February 6, 1928, Arthur Dean Bevan,1 then Chairman of the Council on Medical Education, delivered an address before the Annual Congress on Medical Education of the American Medical Association entitled "Cooperation in Medical Education and Medical Service." In that address, he endeavored to present the functions of the medical profession, of the university, and of the public through reviewing the advances that had been made in medical education in the public interest through cooperation.
Medicine still is one of the greatest functions of modern civilization. It is, as Bevan stated, "in every day contact with every individual in every community. Without modern scientific medicine, without modern public health service, our modern civilization would soon cease to exist. Great cities, such as London, New York, Paris, and Chicago, would be impossible. They would soon rot away under great plagues as the larger centers of population did in the Middle Ages.