April 5, 1884

Medical Colleges and their Endowments.

JAMA. 1884;II(14):377-378. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390380013003

—A medical college should not be an institution for the manufacture of physicians, but one where the science and art of medicine is taught, where their study and advancement is encouraged. The busy practitioner can seldom keep fully abreast of the times. This partial ignorance is offset by personal experience. The fact, however, makes a thorough drill in college especially desirable. Much has been written and spoken about the time requisite for the instruction of students, the laboratories and hospitals needed, and the personal attention from instructors that is desirable. Too much cannot be said on these points, but back of them all is the first and fundamental requisite —liberal endowments—both for the maintenance of laboratories and the support of professors. Students to-day cannot be taught as simply and inexpensively as fifty years ago. Science, and the practical teaching of it, has made too much advancement for that. Not only

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