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January 7, 1893

A STUDY OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE AVERAGE PROSPECTIVE MEDICAL STUDENT IN 1892.

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SECRETARY OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1893;XX(1):22. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420280030001j

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Abstract

It has been often questioned whether the average medical student is better educated to-day than ten years ago or not. Not knowing the species then, I cannot answer.

I happen to have in my possession evidence of the scholarship of the average man who proposes to study medicine to-day. This evidence has come in the course of my regular correspondence during the past year. For the purpose of this paper I have selected one thousand consecutive correspondents and tabulated their educational qualifications. These are a continous series and they include every correspondent, who gave me the necessary information,going back far enough to secure a necessary decimal, one thousand. None of them go further than one year back.

Many of the best educated men are to be found in class 6. These men cannot present any diploma, but are in many instances better educated than the graduates of scientific

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