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February 28, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(9):243-244. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390840019003

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Camden, N. J., Feb. 9, 1885.

Editor Journal of the American Medical Association: 

Dear Doctor:  I have not seen any report in the Journal of the resolution on medical education offered by me and passed at the last meeting of the American Medical Association at Washington.On offering the resolution, I stated that I was impelled by the consideration of the facts that, for years past, men could graduate at our leading colleges without ever having so much as felt a man's pulse or listened to a diseased lung; that the science of medicine was the most difficult and complex of all sciences; that the proper understanding of the human system, the intricate nature of disease, the difficult problems of therapeutics, really required and should receive more training for their proper understanding and application than the art of shoeing a horse or making a shoe for a human being; that

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