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April 21, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(16):1160-1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640430048024

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In Opposition to Favoritism  A recent government decree provides that the minister of public instruction may grant a special dispensation exempting from examinations, or from parts of examinations, students who served in the army or navy for six consecutive years, and who were wounded, or decorated with the Legion of Honor, or who received the distinguished service medal or the croix de guerre avec palmes. This decree has raised a storm of protest. The assembly of the professors of the law faculty of the University of Paris has declared by a unanimous vote that the decree is incontestably illegal; for university titles and degrees can be granted only to persons who have earned them by passing the regular examinations and competitive tests. The Association corporative des étudiants en médecine (association of medical students) publishes likewise a protest against what it calls an abuse of power "which cannot fail to discourage

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