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January 12, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(2):53-54. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390270025009

Thousands of dollars are being annually expended in the erection of stately medical colleges for the express purpose of producing more and better educated medical men and women. In fact, a higher preliminary and final education is demanded by the masses of the profession; and this is what the colleges are endeavoring to supply, for the express purpose of making our lives longer, happier, and less subject to disease.

Do they accomplish this? When we look at the certificates signed by "m.d's" we think not. As evidence of this, and the worthlessness of a higher education, let us examine two pamphlets: First, "A supplement to the Journal of Materia Medica," wherein thirty-six people with "m.d." appended to their names laud the " Elixir Iodo," for the following diseases: " Scrofula, scrofulous enlargement of the cervical glands, scrofulous affections of the bones, scrofulous eczema, cancerous affections, lupus, necrosis, osteo-periostitis, exostosis, caries, synovitis, (there spelled synoyities),

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