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September 12, 1990

Medical Revolution in Minnesota: A History of the University of Minnesota Medical School

Author Affiliations

University of Minnesota Minneapolis

University of Minnesota Minneapolis

JAMA. 1990;264(10):1250. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450100040014

To the Editor.—  In his review of my book,1 Dr Numbers states that in more than 600 pages "we learn virtually nothing about the many students who trained at Minnesota." In fact, the book contains many references to medical students. A freshman class party in February 1893 is described (pages 61 to 63), as is the medical students' realization in 1895 that they possessed unusual advantages at Minnesota (page 67). The frequency of illness and death among medical students from typhoid fever and tuberculosis at the turn of the century is mentioned (pages 93 to 94). The students' enjoyment of laboratory classes in bacteriology and their demand for further instruction in clinical microscopy is described (pages 100 to 102). The role of senior medical students in the first university hospital is mentioned (page 101). In chapter 10, the role of senior medical students in Base Hospital No. 26 during