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March 21, 1891

SHOULD PHYSICIANS STUDY LATIN?

JAMA. 1891;XVI(12):415-416. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410640019007

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Abstract

In the day when medicine was held to be one of the learned professions, and Latin an essential part of a gentleman's education, this would have seemed a superfluous question. Times have changed since then. The physician of the present time knows many things of which his predecessor of a century or two ago was ignorant, that are of more importance to his patients tnan a dead language, but even when liberally educated it is apt to be the case that he is less of what is called a scholarly man than those of corresponding standing in times when the requirements of strictly professional education were less exacting. That the gain has been, on the whole greater than the loss, there can be no doubt, and the question becomes more and more a serious one, which, among the ever increasing multitude of things that it is desirable for a physician

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