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April 5, 1902

COMMERCIALISM IN MEDICAL EDUCATION.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(14):879-880. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480140025007
Abstract

We are apt to congratulate ourselves on the advantages afforded by medical progress, the facilities of study and investigation and the generally better standpoint of the physician of to-day over the one of the past. This is only one point of view; there is another that is by no means so pleasant a one to take of conditions as they exist. The doctor of to-day seeking fields of practice, after a much greater outlay of time and money than his predecessor of even a few years back, finds himself confronted with conditions that are yearly becoming harder in an overcrowded profession and a gradually ever-narrowing field of work. His diploma is no longer a valid credential; it may admit him to an examination provided it meets the requirements, but in only a limited and evernarrowing section of our country is it alone sufficient as was formerly the case.

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