At commencement exercises themes concerning the improvement of the medical profession are always appropriate. It is only through the aid of the well-trained young men now entering the profession that we may hope for greater progress in the future.
That there is still plenty of room for improvement in the medical profession can scarcely be doubted. If, indeed, we consider the matter carefully we must reach the paradoxical conclusion that the medical profession of the United States ranks at the same time the highest and the lowest among the great civilized nations. In technical skill our leaders, especially in surgery, are probably the best in the world. On the other hand, owing to the low standards of medical education that have prevailed in this country during the past century, it must be frankly confessed that the rank and file of our medical practitioners average low in proficiency. As a single
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