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To the Editor:—
In 1890 while studying abroad I received letters from my father, Dr. Aaron Friedenwald, professor of ophthalmology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore. The following excerpts throw an interesting light on the creation of the Association of American Medical Colleges.Excerpt from letter dated Jan. 30, 1890:Dr. Cordell has stirred up the profession in Baltimore in reference to the Colleges raising their standard. The University of Maryland a few weeks ago announced that from the next session a compulsory three year graded course would be adopted. Dr. Latimer and I were appointed a committee to represent the College of Physicians and Surgeons at a meeting (of the faculty) held last week. I took the ground that the simple adoption of a three years' course by the colleges of this city might not accomplish at all what the profession seemed so much to desire.
FRIEDENWALD H. NOTE ON THE INCEPTION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES. JAMA. 1948;136(14):946. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890310038019