To the Editor: Dr. Fitzgerald's defense of the affirmative-action policy at the University of California School of Medicine (Davis) (October 8 issue*) makes two assumptions. The first is that there are identifiable qualities in college students that are clearly related to the kinds of lives that doctors lead after they leave medical school. The second is that certain forms of hardship foster desirable qualities. Several decades ago a scientific mind was the sine qua non of the good doctor. Suffering through years of chemistry and biology showed that the premedical student had a scientific mind. Now there is more.
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