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March 22, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(12):309-315. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.04360010001001

Graduation day is an epoch in the life of a man. To the reflecting mind it is crowded with suggestions for thought, while to many it is full of the romantic and of castles in the air. To all who graduate this thought comes, that the world still has for us subjects for study, which, up to this point, we have been unable to touch.

The undergraduate's experience in a medical college is sober and fatiguing. In acquiring the medical degree we have studied the science and art of medicine as represented in certain books; by means of lectures and quizzes, by laboratory exercises and practical work; and by the observation and contact of the sick. So far our work has been one of preparation in a very direct and practical way for a particular present object and for larger ulterior purpose in the labor of life.

Necessarily many subjects

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