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April 25, 1903


Author Affiliations

Dean of the Department of Medicine of the Columbian University. WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1903;XL(17):1120-1121. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490170001002

A man who has not had a biologic training may become an excellent physician, although he will have to work harder to make up deficiencies. Some of the biologic work if not possessed by the student on entrance might well be included in the first year's course. It would certainly be a great advantage if more comparative work was required throughout the regular medical course. This could often well be done by eliminating some of the special studies which are properly post-graduate. In fact, the entire medical course could be remodeled to advantage.

It is not the business of a medical school to graduate specialists, nor is it the business of a medical school to make the course of such a character that only a few can succeed in accomplishing the required work. We should give to each student a good, general, solid ground-work and afford him an opportunity to

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