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The ordinary degree of Doctor of Medicine is conferred by an institution of competent authority on persons who are supposed to have acquired, by diligent study and careful instruction, a sufficient amount of medical knowledge and skill to constitute them safe practitioners of the science and art of medicine. The attainments of the person applying for the degree are ascertained by a proper examination, conducted by the teachers in the institution by which the degree is given. The possession of the degree is evidenced by a diploma, which, after the person who holds it has complied with certain governmental requirements, assures to him all the rights and privileges of a member of the medical profession. But such institutions may also confer, without an examination, the additional honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine on persons already in the profession, who have publicly demonstrated their attainment of such a degree of learning
INGALS E. THE HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF MEDICINE. JAMA. 1885;IV(11):287–288. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390860007001b
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