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March 24, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(12):431-432. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420910029003

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Judged by some recent jeremiads on the subject, progress in medical education in the United States must be something like the result obtained by that ingenious Irishman who reversed the connections of his gas meter and so brought the company in his debt at the end of the month. Like the Frenchman's crab the progress, apparently, walks backward.

As shown in a previous number of the Journal the facts and figures set forth in the Report on Medical Education by the Illinois State Board of Health effectually disproves the assertions made as the occasion for these lamentations. Some of the statements are specifically dealt with in the Report. For example: In an address before the Harvard Alumni Association the speaker, after asserting that the chief difficulty in the way of a high standard of medical education in this country arises from the great number of medical schools—which is undoubtedly true-rather

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