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Clinton, Iowa, Feb. 8, 1900.
To the Editor:
An editorial appeared in The Journal for January 20, on "Students Against Progress," which would make it appear that Iowa students were asking to be "exempted from a state examination." There are four medical schools in Iowa, and of that number only one asks for such exemption. A bill was introduced during the present session of the legislature, fostered by the State University, asking that the students of the medical department be exempted from the state board examinations. This measure was opposed by all the other schools, and has thus far been defeated. An amendment was offered which provided that a committee from the board shall visit the different schools at commencement time and conduct the examination in accordance with the provisions of the original medical act. This amendment to the original bill, which was reported favorably by the committee, passed the
Fairchild DS. Students Against Progress.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(7):442. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460070058016