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March 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(12):884-885. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510390042004

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All who have been striving to promote solid progress in the American medical profession have taken great interest in the recent efforts to make possible the combination of liberal education, as represented by a preliminary college degree in arts and science, and the exacting requirements of present day medical education. From the comparative low standard of fifty or more years ago, the requirements for admission to college and for obtaining the degree have been gradually and steadily increased until the average age for graduation has been increased two, three or even more years. The graduate of fifty years ago was no more advanced than the present sophomore and besides this the requirement for admission to college was much less exacting. Moreover, at least two additional years have been added to the time required for medical study and this is not optional, but required by state laws, much to the benefit

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