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May 30, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(22):1512-1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490220036007

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Though Armstrong was duly sent up, not exactly in a chariot of fire, his mantle seems to have fallen on others, this time in the East. There exists at present, according to the Baltimore News of May 6, in that city a rather sacrilegiously named institution, the "Christ's Institution Medico-Chirurgical and Theological College," conducted by six colored men, an establishment which gives all sorts of degrees, and especially medical ones. When incorporated in 1900 it had only one M.D. among its organizers, and he signed his mark instead of his name. Now they all have M.D.'s, besides D.D., B.D., etc., ad nauseam. The man who could not sign his name in 1900 now appears as a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy. He is also professor of "linguistal," whatever that is. The degree of B.D. is given for $5 and a certain amount

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