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To the Editor:—
Your editorial on Lawson Tait (198:1363, 1966) contains a minute error. It is mentioned that "Tait was admitted as a 'member' of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh." The surgical colleges of Scotland, England, and Ireland have two classes of persons in their makeup. The royal colleges of Edinburgh and Ireland both have licentiates and fellows, written as LRCS (Edin) or (Eire) and FRCS (Edin) or (Eire), but neither has "members." The Royal College of Surgeons of England has two classes, viz, members and fellows, written as MRCS or FRCS, but it has no licentiates. The royal colleges of physicians in Edinburgh, London, and Ireland each have three classes of persons in their makeup, viz, licentiates, members, and fellows. These classes of the colleges of Edinburgh and Ireland were written, at that time and still, as LRCP (Edin) or (Eire), MRCP (Edin) or (Eire), and
Nichols J. The Royal Colleges of Great Britain. JAMA. 1967;200(11):1002. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120240130040
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