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The Centenary of Agrégés in Medicine
Instruction in our medical schools is given by "professeurs," a title which, when strictly used, always signifies incumbency of a definitely established professorial chair; or by assistant professors, designated as "agrégés," who do not occupy such chairs. The system of agrégés in medical schools was established just one hundred years ago, by a royal decree dated Feb. 2, 1823. Since that time, the system has undergone many transformations. The principal change has tended to transform the agrégé system, with its essentially temporary character, into one of a more permanent nature. It may be mentioned that agrégés are appointed for a period of nine years. If, during this period, the agrégé did not secure a chair and thus become a professor, his career as an instructor terminated and he became an "agrégé libre," having then no further connection with the faculty. The situation of an
PARIS. JAMA. 1923;80(11):785–786. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640380049021
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