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September 26, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(13):789-790. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490320029004

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Science recently published a review of the doctorates of philosophy conferred by American universities during the past six years which reveals some facts of interest in connection with medical education. Two hundred and sixty-six doctorates were conferred last year, which is the greatest number of any single year, but there is little evidence of growth in the numbers for the past six years, which are in order 234, 222, 239, 253, 216, 266, Doctorates in medicine are by no means the only ones that are "milled," for it was found that one unknown "university" in Indiana led all others, with a total of forty-five "Doctors of Philosophy." As this institution has no productive funds, and its total income from all sources was $4,500, the production of such doctorates at a cost of $100 a piece,not to mention the other degrees, makes its position decidedly unique. Needless to say, Science has

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