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August 18, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(7):579-581. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650070063014

This week, for the twenty-third consecutive year, The Journal publishes statistics regarding medical education in the United States. During these years, medical education in this country has undergone extensive improvement, and educational standards have been brought to a reasonably high plane.

BEGINNING OF THE CAMPAIGN  In 1901, when The Journal first published its statistics regarding medical colleges, students and graduates, many of the 159 medical colleges listed in the first Educational Number were known to be stock corporations conducted largely for the profit of their owners. Little or no attention was then paid to entrance requirements, even by some of the progressive colleges. In regard to the number and qualifications of teachers, the number and equipment of laboratories, the amount and use made of clinical material, or the methods of teaching employed, no definite information was available. No one, in fact, knew just how serious conditions in the medical schools

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