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March 21, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(12):413-414. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410640017003

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In the Seventh Report on Medical Education just issued by the Illinois State Board of Health is a paragraph that reads as follows:

Under the schedule of two-year courses and three years' study the earliest age at which a student can be graduated is 21 years. The addition of one year each to the time of study and the college term would seem to justify the limitation of the minimum age of graduation to 22 years. This is a matter that the boards of examiners and the colleges would do well to take under consideration.

Following this paragraph is a table showing the ages of graduation of 5,719 graduates—5,497 of American colleges, 82 of Canadian, 32 of English, 98 of German and IO of Swiss colleges. Of the 5,497 American graduates 5,214 were males and 283 females. The number from the Swiss colleges is so small that it may be

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