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September 1, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(8):250-251. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390080026010

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Mr. Editor:

I thought it might be interesting to many of your readers to learn something about English medical qualifications. I have met quite a number of medical gentlemen and students in this country who were under the impression that every medical man there was an M. D., and when told that only about five per cent. possessed that degree, were greatly surprised. The qualifications granted there are of two kinds, viz.: degrees and diplomas; the former is only conferred by a university, while the latter is conferred by an examining board called a college. No medical school in Great Britain can give any degree or diploma. The examinations for a degree and diploma are about the same, the former requiring a higher standard and a higher literary qualification; some universities demanding a literary degree or a corresponding examination, while the colleges are satisfied with a literary qualification corresponding to

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