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St. Louis, Oct. 18, 1904.
To the Editor:
—In your Educational Number, Aug. 13, 1904, is printed a "Table of State Board Examination Results" for the year 1903. The table is incomplete, as indicated by asterisks, as to the returns from Illinois, Kansas, Montana and Pennsylvania, and yet the statistical genius that got up this table proceeds to calculate "percentages of failures" from these faulty data. The Medical Department of Washington University is made a victim of this inaccuracy and misleading conclusion.We are quoted as having had 13 men up for examination, viz.: 4 in California, 1 in Indiana, 1 in Iowa, 1 in Michigan, 1 in New York, 1 in North Carolina, 3 in Oklahoma, and 1 in Washington. Three failures are recorded, viz.: 2 in California and 1 in Oklahoma. And so we are charged with a failure of 23 per cent.I have before
Luedeking R. Distribution of Medical College Graduates.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(18):1320-1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500180050017