Abraham Flexner, brother of Simon Flexner, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and became well known as an educational reformer and an expert on medical education. In the early 1900s many medical schools existed solely for the profit of their owners, and even students without a highschool education were accepted and graduated as long as their tuition was paid. In his critical report Flexner referred to such schools as "proprietary institutions." Many of the teaching hospitals were unsanitary and lacked the necessary clinical facilities. An in-depth study by Abraham Flexner was partially responsible for bringing these practices to an end and reforming medical education in order to produce a better-educated medical community.
The education of Abraham Flexner consisted of a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1886, a master's degree in psychology from Harvard...
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