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December 22, 1888

The American Academy of Medicine.

JAMA. 1888;XI(25):896-897. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400760032009

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Dear Sir:  Many members of the profession will be at one with the opinions expressed in the leader in last week's Journal in regard to the American Academy of Medicine. In reading the report of the proceedings of the Academy in The Journal of Dec. 8, I was struck by several facts. First, the tendency on the part of members of that body to self-adulation. Second, the paucity of papers in regard to education. Third, the over-exclusiveness of the Academy.I have watched the Academy for several years, My interest in it was first aroused because of its membership being limited to physicians that have taken the A,B, or M.D. degree in course, This, I admit, prejudiced me somewhat against the Academy, since I am so much of a heretic as to believe that a scientific rather than a classical education is the best preliminary to the study of medicine,

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