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July 8, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(2):145-146. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640020057023

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Deanglicization of the Indian Medical Service  The Indian Medical Service, which used in its upper ranks to be almost entirely recruited from Great Britain, is rapidly losing its British element. It is true that Indians were always eligible, but the very difficult competitive examination was held in London, and the Indian medical schools had not reached a level capable of turning out competitors. The Indians who competed were therefore the few who could be educated in England, and they furnished only a small minority of the service. There was a "subordinate medical service" recruited entirely from India and manned by men termed the "assistant surgeons," whose training was below the European standard, and they permanently held a subordinate rank. With the recent granting of powers of self-government to India and the improvement of its medical schools, natives have entered the medical service in greatly increased numbers. The result is that

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