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November 10, 1945

The Story of a Country Medical College: A History of the Clinical School of Medicine and the Vermont Medical College, Woodstock, Vermont, 1827-1856

JAMA. 1945;129(11):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860450061024

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This interesting and scholarly account of a medical school operating in the small community of Woodstock, Vermont (1827-1856), was written in the belief that "history is more than a mere recital of annals." The book tells the story, not only of a medical school, but of the medical education of the times, an end too seldom achieved in histories of medical schools. In the early nineteenth century about one third of the schools were "country schools," and about one third of the practitioners were graduates of these institutions. At the time, medical education in this country was in its childhood, a few years past the infancy of medical preparation limited to apprentice training. A three year "curriculum" was usual, in which the student attended two sessions (totaling twenty-four weeks) of medical lectures and devoted the remainder of the three calendar years to work with a physician preceptor. There were no

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