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August 17, 1929

MEDICAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1929;93(7):547-548. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710070045009
Abstract

This week for the twenty-ninth year The Journal publishes statistics regarding medical education in the United States. During these years medical education has shown a remarkable improvement over conditions that existed in 1901. Since 1905 the collection and presentation of the reports on medical education have been in charge of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals.

NO NATIONAL LEGAL CONTROL OF MEDICAL EDUCATION  The Constitution of the United States made no provision for federal control over education but left such matters to the police powers of the several states. With a few exceptions, these did not establish supervision over the chartering of educational institutions. As a result, medical schools multiplied much more rapidly than the increase in population required. By 1900, as shown in chart 2,1 the United States had 160 medical colleges, or about one-half the world's supply.

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