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January 25, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(4):133. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410040025004

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The founding of a nation was not only beset with many perils, but the provision for its varied wants required such labor as only a heroic people could accomplish.

In the development of a commonwealth of such magnitude in such a brief period of time, those needs which only the medical profession could supply have been so great, and the demands to be met so immediate, that we may justly congratulate ourselves upon the success already achieved. Only those familiar with the obstacles to be overcome can appreciate the progress already made.

It is obvious that the time is fully at hand when legislation is needed to remedy that which seems to be otherwise without control, and to perfect the work so well begun. If we are to secure a uniform and reasonable standard of requirements for graduation in medicine, the power to confer degrees must be divorced from those

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