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October 29, 1892

Women's Medical College of Baltimore.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(18):535. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420180029008

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Abstract

To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:  In commencing the instruction in Latin of the students of the Woman's Medical College of this city, I gave the following reasons why as medical students they should acquire a knowledge of that language. I am glad to say that all the students of the college except three or four, and they having previously studied it elsewhere, have joined the class.

  1. Because though called a "dead" language, and although not now spoken by any nation, it is not really dead, but flourishes with a perennial and ever increasing vigor.

  2. Because of its wide and far-reaching influence on the structure and development of the languages of all civilized nations, especially those of Southern Europe.

  3. Because the resources of our language do not suffice for the constantly needed new supply of words, for which we are compelled to resort to the

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