January 25, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(4):131-133. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410040023003

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It is but a few weeks since a society held its meeting in Chicago, having for one of its principal objects the advancement of the standard of preliminary education in the medical profession. The President, in his opening address, lamented the small number of liberally educated men among the students and graduates of our medical schools, and urged the importance of a collegiate education on those who would adequately prepare themselves for the responsibilities of our calling. On the other hand, in a series of articles on the choice of a profession, lately published in Harper' s Young People, Professor Austin Flint took the ground that it was not advisable for most of those intending to practice medicine to take a college course, although he considered a certain amount of classical study very desirable. He recommended, in substance, that the intending physician should master the studies required for admission to

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