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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 13, 2003


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(6):830. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.830-a

In the majority of articles that have appeared in this country on the desiderata of medical education, comparatively little stress has been placed on the clinical training that ought to finish off a medical student's course. Possibly the matter has appeared too self-evident to require special emphasis, but the omission is the more notable since this subject was the principal one discussed in a rather remarkable symposium on medical training published in the German periodicals four or five years ago, in which von Jaksch and several other prominent German physicians took part. The present agitation among German medical students on account of the coming exaction of the "practical year" taking effect in 1906, and which is, therefore, retroactive in the case of any who have matriculated within the past year or two, is in point. The necessity of more than mere theoretical training, and, indeed, that of actual hospital practice, is so far recognized in Germany that it has been made imperative.