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September 28, 1907

Chemistry in Medical Colleges.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(13):1129. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530130063011

Philadelphia, Sept. 14, 1907.

To the Editor:  —Among the many ways in which The Journal has benefited the profession, not the least, in my opinion, is the information given concerning the state board examinations, the questions and the results. Unfortunately, the full details are necessarily withheld, and it is even unusual for the public to be furnished the marks for the individual branches. In a recent number1 the latter data are given, and some points that appear from a study of them are, I think, worthy of special mention. According to that report, 90 applicants passed and 32 failed. Among the former, the chemistry has the lowest mark (or, at least as low as any) in 34 instances; among the latter chemistry has the lowest mark in 16. More than one-third of the successful candidates and one-half of the unsuccessful found their danger line in chemistry. In a few

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