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May 2, 1925

FULL TIME: THE LETTER OR THE SPIRIT?

JAMA. 1925;84(18):1324-1326. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660440010003
Abstract

There are at this time a number of medical schools in the United States whose clinical departments are to a greater or less extent organized and operated on the principle of so-called full time. I say "so-called" because the definition of the term full time differs so much in different schools that the principle itself has not always been recognized as the same on account of its many different applications.

At one school, for example, where the clinical departments were said to be on a full-time basis two years ago, the professor of surgery was free to take charge of as many private patients as he cared to in the university hospital (collecting his fees himself), and could in addition visit private patients anywhere outside the hospital, provided they were of such eminence as to justify this rather unusual liberty for a full-time professor. Contrast this with the situation at

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