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August 30, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(9):328-329. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410350024004

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The subject of preliminary education preparatory to the study of medicine holds a prominent place in the thoughts of the profession, at the present hour, both in this country and in Europe. It is not the question of its importance, for that hardly admits of argument, but rather as to what the accepted standard of requirements shall be. So too, in our medical colleges there is a general demand for lengthened terms of study, and for more critical examinations. This is well, and the fact needs no restatement, that every diploma should carry with it the guarantee of thorough preliminary and medical training. But it seems to us that another and a paramount question lies beyond these: the question that relates to the after-training of the man who has received his degree and entered upon his professional career. Coming to the fulfilment of a sacred obligation he is bound to

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