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[Viewpoint] The medical education system in Israel

During the British administration of the Palestine Mandate, before the foundation of Israel in 1948, the Jewish community built hospitals, developed a network of clinics, and established a fairly extensive coverage of health care.1 Yet not until 1949 was the first medical school founded at the Jerusalem-based Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Although much of the funding came from the Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, most of the teaching staff were, at first, refugees who had received their medical training in Germany before migrating to Palestine.

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