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July 9, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(2):144-145. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740540052022

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The Need of Classical Training for Physicians  There is still considerable discussion in high medical and political circles on the subject of the need of requiring students of medicine to possess a knowledge of Latin and Greek. The bill presented to the senate by Dr. Armbruster, senator from the department of Aube, and endorsed by his colleague Debierre, senator from the department of Nord, who has since died, aroused great interest in the medical syndicates; for, demanding, as it does, for admission to the facultés de médecine, the possession of the type of baccalaureate degree that includes Greek and Latin studies, it would tend to limit the number of medical students, eliminating those who have had only a purely scientific training, and also many foreign students. The project would indirectly diminish the crowding of the facultés de médecine. The bill has been passed by the senate but not as yet

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