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April 23, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(17):1381. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550430033006

The commendable spirit recently shown1 by the faculty of Drake University College of Medicine, in voting to close the college rather than to conduct it except as a first-class institution, is an example of the action which representative members of the medical profession are willing to take in order that fair standards of medical education may prevail. This spirit has already been shown in other cities where colleges have been voluntarily closed for similar reasons, or where mergers have been brought about between two or more colleges in order that stronger and better equipped medical schools could be formed. This willingness to forego personal gain in the interest of better trained physicians is a sure indication that the problems of medical education in this country will be satisfactorily solved. But an unexpected turn of events followed the action of the Drake University faculty which may permit the continuance of

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