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October 19, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(16):1369-1370. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530160047007

A short time ago we published a suggestive article,1 pointing out the desirability of the establishment in the best equipped universities of courses leading to the degree of doctor of philosophy in the special branches of medical science. As was pointed out by the author, it is expected of the man who would reach the highest success in the exact and natural sciences that he devote a term of years doing graduate work in his special subject, until he has earned the degree of doctor of philosophy, which is an acknowledgment of his having received adequate training in and is sufficiently familiar with the history and progress of his specialty to enable him to keep abreast of its future progress and to make for himself contributions to its growth. It is certainly not asking too much of the man who would specialize in a particular field of medical science

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