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May 19, 1894

Report of the Committee on Medical Education Appointed by the Illinois State Medical Society.Presented at the meeting held at Decatur, Ill. May 15, 16, 17, 1894.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(20):750-751. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420990024002g

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It will be quite readily conceded by any one who examines into the subject that there is a conspicuous lack of uniformity in the quality of the medical diplomas of this country. That this lack of uniformity has been recognized by other countries is well known, and evidence of the fact is furnished when it is stated that no American degree entitles its possessor to legally practice his profession in the countries of Europe, while nearly all their degrees are recognized here, as entitling their holders to practice under the protection of the law.

It does not follow that the present very unsatisfactory and uncertain status of the American diploma implies either a want of ability, perception or honesty on the part of the American doctor; it came about naturally in the course of rapid national development, and indeed, in view of all the facts I think we should rather feel proud than apologetic of our medical schools. But many of the causes which in the past furnished sufficient excuse or perhaps created a necessity for the medical schools throughout the land to pursue the course and adopt the methods

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