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May 3, 1884

Are Physicians Essentially Sanitarians?

JAMA. 1884;II(18):488-489. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390410012007

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—In answering this question, the April number of The Sanitarian says: " Preventive medicine is at best only taught elementarily in a few medical colleges, and in these as an addendum to some other subject deemed to be more important—in none systematically as a prerequisite to graduation." This is not quite literally true.

Certainly, in the Chicago Medical College (and, we think, in some others also), there has been a distinct chair or professorship of State Medicine and Public Hygiene almost from the commencement of the College, occupied by a full professor, attendance upon whose teachings and examinations is as much a "prerequisite to graduation" as upon those of the professor of Practical Medicine or Surgery.

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