Reforming Medical Education: Towards a Broadening of Attitudes

  • Margaret Lock
  • Joseph Lella


About ten years ago, in an attempt to alleviate the financial insolvency associated with writing a Ph.D. thesis, one of us became part of a team of four people employed as raters of mother/infant behaviour. The study, done in California, made use of home movies taken during the first six months in an infant’s life. It was known that some of the babies had become diagnosed as schizophrenic in later childhood, and our job was to rank episodes of mother/infant interaction, eye contact, holding and feeding techniques, and so on, on a five point scale. Mother and infant were evaluated separately. It was hypothesized that the behaviour of some mothers and some infants (not necessarily in the same family), would allow one to predict by the age of six months which children were at serious risk for becoming schizophrenics in the future. We could then check our experimental findings against what had actually become reality.


Medical Education Estrogen Replacement Therapy Health Belief Model Biopsychosocial Model Biopsychosocial Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Lock
    • 1
  • Joseph Lella
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social Studies in MedicineMcGill UniversityUSA

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