April 25, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(17):1402. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720430052014

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Since 1912 the United States Bureau of Education has published regular reports on medical education. The first of these was prepared in 1912 by Dr. George E. MacLean, president of the State University of Iowa, in his report on higher education.1 From 1913 to 1928 inclusive, the reports on medical education were prepared by Dr. N. P. Colwell, secretary of the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association. From 1913 to 1918 inclusive the chapters were published annually; since 1918 they have been issued biennially. The most recent report, 1928-1930, is by Dr. Willard C. Rappleye, dean of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

In 1904 the United States had more medical schools than all the rest of the world. The 162 medical schools in that year enrolled 28,142 medical students and turned out 5,747 graduates. The chief need at that time was for fewer but

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