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August 20, 1910


Author Affiliations

Dean and Professor of the History of Medicine and of Nervous Diseases at Fordham University School of Medicine NEW YORK

Address to the graduates of St. Louis University Medical and Dental School, May 31, 1910.

JAMA. 1910;55(8):655-658. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330080021010

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In recent years there has been a very decided improvement in medical education in the United States. It is not hard to understand why the foreigner lifts his eyebrow in surprise when he is told that most of our medical schools a generation or two ago required but two terms of four or five months each and that there was just beginning to be a demand for a little more complete course and better facilities. There were many medical schools with these low standards turning out graduates every year with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, which constituted a license to practice in every state in the Union, for there were no laws regulating the practice of medicine. As for preliminary requirements, the less said the better. If a man could write his name—and, indeed, he did not have to write it very plainly—he found it easy to matriculate in

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